David M. Olsen was born in Riverside, California and grew up on a small farm in the 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 the University of California, Riverside.


He is at work on a collection of linked short stories, a novel, and a chapbook. David is a former fiction editor at The Coachella Review and is currently the Editor-in-Chief at Kelp Journal.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Catamaran Literary Reader, The RumpusThe Coachella Review, Close to the Bone, Scheherazade, and elsewhere.
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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