David M. Olsen grew up on a small and largely unprofitable farm in California's San Joaquin Valley.

He is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and poet. He is an alumnus of Stanford’s OWC program in novel writing and holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from UCR-Palm Desert.


He is at work on a collection of linked short stories, a novel, and a book of poetry. David is a former fiction editor at The Coachella Review and is currently editor-in-chief at Kelp Journal.  His work has appeared in The RumpusScheherazadeThe Coachella Review, and elsewhere.
In a past life, David won awards as a chef and brewer. He is a cicerone, sommelier, and a
certified pizzaiolo trained by 11-time world champion Tony Gemignani. 
He resides on California's central coast where he surfs daily.


© 2025 by David M. Olsen | Writer | Photographer | Screenwriter | Editor at Kelp Journal

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