Discipline: Literature – fiction

Rolf Yngve

Discipline: Literature – fiction
MacDowell Fellowships: 2012

“My work, fiction and non-fiction, strives to carry the reader beyond labels we are given. We are more than the clichés of age, youth, gender, race, disorders, spectrums, or any political label. We have our secret desires and fears. We are mysteries to ourselves and that mystery is my interest.”

Rolf Yngve first published short fiction in the 1970’s and 80’s. His work was anthologized in Best American Short Stories, 1979, Sudden Fiction and others. More recent work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, The Indiana Review, War Literature and the Arts, ZYZZYVA, Five Points, and others. The stories in his debut collection, Dog Watches (Saddle Road Press), were drafted or revised at MacDowell.

Yngve enlisted in the Unites States Navy as a seaman and retired from active duty as a captain after 35 years active duty. He has recently completed work on a true-crime memoir, Sea of Ash, about the first Hindu memorialized at Arlington National Cemetery, a shipmate and fellow officer who was murdered on their ship. He is represented by Henry Thayer of Brandt & Hochman.

He writes, sails, and bodyboards in Coronado, CA, with his spouse, Sharon Shelton, Captain, USN (retired).



Rolf Yngve worked in the Heyward studio.

The Lodge Annex, a wing on the west side of the men’s dormitory (The Lodge), was completed in 1926. Initially intended as an apartment for a caretaker, the space was soon repurposed as a live-in studio for writers. In recognition of a major endowment gift from the DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Foundation, Lodge Annex was…

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