My name is EJ Olsen. I’m a white, heterosexual male with conservative political and religious views. In short: maybe the most uninteresting person to be writing an arts and culture blog. However, I’d like to say that I’m not as uncultured as I look on the surface.
While growing up, I had the experiences of being a pastor’s kid and yet also being only a second-generation Christian. I’ve lived in multigenerational, multicultural, and multi-family homes, and I’ve experienced life in varying states of financial security. I’m the oldest of five siblings; the youngest two of which are adopted and physically disabled.
These situations and others have influenced my writing, which I’ve pursued seriously since the days when my age could be represented by only a single digit. I’ve done a lot of my writing on this blog, and in 2015 I began writing for A Diverse Sound – a music blog based in Queensland, Australia. While my passion for music is displayed in my work with both of these blogs, I unfortunately do not play any instruments or know how to sing well. Maybe someday I’ll pick up something or get some vocal coaching.
I graduated from Everett Community College in 2016 with a general associates degree. In the coming year, I will be taking a year off of school. During this period, I will be working a full-time day job and also working as volunteer staff at The Nehemiah Foundation for Cultural Renewal. In autumn 2017, I will begin my final two years of schooling in the Integrated Strategic Communications Program at Washington State University’s North Puget Sound facility.
I spend the majority of my free time with my family. On the off chance that I actually have time to myself, I also enjoy literature, film, and gourmet coffee. I live at home with my parents, four siblings, the occasional grandpa, a dog, a rabbit, a snake, and nine chickens.