About Arik Bjorn


Arik Bjorn eating a doughnut and jealous seagull.
(Commas make all the difference.)
Credit: Jaroslav Dampfstain.

Arik Bjorn ran as the 2016 Democratic Party candidate for South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District against Joe “You Lie!” Wilson. You can read about the campaign and his activism on Facebook and at his candidate website, Bjorn2run.com.


Arik is a novelist, screenwriter and essayist, but most of all, a dedicated father and public librarian. He enjoys a goodly slice of French silk pie, as well as a quality shot of bourbon. His writing explores such themes as the Problem of Pain and building Civilization (or at least humanity’s efforts to-date).


Arik’s writing has been featured at Patheos and Forward Progressives. He was also a contributor to Columbia City Paper. His work has been read by lots of folks in 190 countries.


He has published seven books, including three essay collections: Waiting for CivilizationThe R-Rated Theologian, and Why Bad Things Happen to Good Parrots. He has one short story collection, Birds of a Feather, as well as a book of verse, Pocket Lint. His book So I Ran for Congress chronicles his experience running for U.S. Congress.


His most recent book, Show & Tell at World’s End, is about life in South Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Arik is also the author of 3 MANUSCRIPTS FOR SALE, including a novel, a screenplay and a comedy television pilot.


He holds degrees in archaeology, ancient languages and library science. He loves snow and hippos and enjoys retelling the story of how he was once shat upon by pigeons during Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and thereafter fled down the Via Dolorosa in search of a towel.


Arik is a native son of Minnesota, who now resides in South Carolina. (Please send him pictures of snow.) Also, he sincerely apologizes for the necessity to describe himself in the third person. He has an original literary voice, but if you want him to sound like Maurice Chevalier, it will cost extra. Please support his writing career. He has a family to feed.


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Manuscripts 2

Arik Bjorn looking authorial with
“Don Quixote” by Anna Hyatt Huntington.
Credit: Jaroslav Dampfstain.