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 / Green Party fusion candidate for South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District against the villainous Joe “You Lie!” Wilson. You can read about the campaign on Facebook and at his congressional candidate website, Bjorn2run.com.

Arik is a native son of Minnesota and now resides in South Carolina. Also, he sincerely apologizes for the necessity to describe himself in the third person.


He is a novelist, screenwriter and essayist, but most of all, a dedicated father. He enjoys a goodly slice of French silk pie, as well as a quality shot of bourbon, and indulges in the works of Saul Bellow, Umberto Eco and Bill Bryson.


His work explores such themes as the problem of evil, the labyrinths of language and history, the social chalkboard of the Animal Kingdom, plus parenting and politics.


Arik’s writing has been featured in Patheos and Forward Progressives. He was also a contributor to Columbia City Paper. His work has been read by millions of people−yet, sadly, not by one single quokka.


He is the author of six books: Waiting for CivilizationThe R-Rated Theologian, Why Bad Things Happen to Good Parrots, and Pastor Pillow Talks−plus his debut short story collection, Birds of a Feather. His sixth title, So I Ran for Congress, was released in August 2017.

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


Arik 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 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.


[Shameless Arik Bjorn Facebook Writer Page plug. Followed by shameless Arik Bjorn Twitter Page plug: @bjorn2runSC. Followed by shameless Arik Bjorn Instragram plug: arikbjorn.]



Manuscripts 2

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