I’m Halsted, and I write and perform short fiction in Portland, Oregon and Edinburgh, Scotland.
When I was four years old, I wrote a story about a giant rabbit with no eyes or mouth that haunted my dreams.
The rabbit went away, but I kept writing.
On the Page
- Leftovers. Story Shop at 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival.
- Paper Turtles. Innsmouth Magazine, Issue 15, Summer 2014.
- Your Hands. Map Literary, Spring 2014.
- The Kettle and I. Bewildering Stories, Issue 471, March 2012.
- Sternum and Coccyx. Impetus! 2008.
- With Talons. Poem Memoir Story, Issue Four.
I wrote a guest post for Cat Rambo’s website “The World Remains Mysterious”: Critiques, Counts, and Quests: Motivational Tools for Writers.
On the Stage
Festivals and Conventions
City of Literature Trust’s Story Shop 2014, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 13 August 2014
Blind Poetics was a monthly spoken word event co-hosted by Alec Beattie and Roddy Shippin that ran from 2011 to 2017. I was the featured reader on 14 December 2015.
Tribute to Venus Carmichael presents Venus in Orbit at the White Horse Bar, 19 September 2015
Tribute to Venus Carmichael presents Venus: The Lost Tapes at the White Horse Bar, 24 April 2015
Tribute to Venus Carmichael presents Venus Returns, 10 August 2014, Cortado Café, Edinburgh
Writers’ Bloc presents The Year of Unnatural Scotland, 30 October 2013
Illicit Ink, Inky Fingers, and Writers’ Bloc present Size IS Everything: National Flash Fiction Day 2013, 22 June 2013
Writers’ Bloc presents Séance Fiction, 31 October 2012
Here are some recordings of me reading my poetry.
I also enjoy collaborating with other writers and musicians on their work.
I was a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine from October 2011 to June 2013. It was an astounding learning experience, and one I recommend highly.
- “Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction Short Stories” with Cat Rambo (2012)
- “Writing the Surreal” with Dominica Kriz via The Writing Salon (2008)
- “Writing the Personal Essay” with Jon Carroll at Book Passage (2004)
- “Introduction to Creative Writing” with Linda Watanabe McFerrin via The Writing Salon (2003)