I’m after the following when I write: emotional intelligence, travel, walking, practicality, and absurdity. But whatever the specifics, I strive to make the practical value a strong feature. I also want to recognize and reveal how practicality is, to my enduring amusement and delight, often so generously and surprisingly absurd.
Here is my bio:
Aaron Lundstrom educated himself by checking out books from various public libraries across the United States and by attending the United Bicycle Institute for two weeks in September 2004. It was at about this time, in 2004, when he concluded that he was spending too much time in poetry and not enough time in practicality.
Aaron’s poetry chapbook, "literati narcosis," which showcased his disappointment in his pursuit of poetry and other creative literature, was a finalist for the 2004 Winnow Press Poetry Chapbook Award. Thereafter, Aaron barely wrote, save for a few articles written between 2006 and 2007 in the spirit of “pragmatic art.” These articles were published on mnartists.org, an online arts magazine and community supported by Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Walker Art Center.
From 2008 through 2011 Aaron was an artisan at Trillium Artisans in Portland, Oregon. He made and sold items from salvaged bicycle parts, including necklaces and bracelets made from bike chain. Other bike-oriented works he made include incense burners, an oil lamp, an ice fishing pole, a thermometer-hygrometer set, and a sculpture made -- inadvertently -- in the style of Pablo Picasso’s “Bull’s Head.”
From 2011 to 2012 Aaron focused on writing again, this time more in the context of travel, conceptual art, and Marcel Duchamp’s warning to be wary of the “religion of art.” With all this in mind and with the goal to relay practicality in his writing, Aaron wrote a nonfiction book proposal -- "NEWGAME" -- about the history of cooperative chess (as opposed to competitive chess), including details about his own cooperative chess variant that he designed. This led to agent Jeff Schmidt of NY Creative Management offering to represent his proposal and pitch it to major publishers. Some of these publishers responded positively, but ultimately they passed on the proposal citing that it was too much of a niche project.
In 2014 Aaron began writing "MONO: A Novel of Conceptual Travel," a 62,000-word literary novel centered on the theme of obsession with reconciliation. He wrote "MONO" in the style of a “self-help travelogue” and finished it in February 2015. In August 2015, agent Jeff Schmidt again offered his representation and agreed to represent "MONO." He’s now pitching the manuscript to publishers. Meanwhile, Aaron’s now seeking funds for a literary art project, "DISRUPT: Human Trafficking," which is designed to educate Oregon fuel attendants about the signs of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.