In addition to his photography work, Van Sise is both a published author and translator.  His written work has earned him residencies at Millay Arts, Serenbe and the New York Public Library; he has been a finalist for the Rattle Poetry Prize and the Travel Media Awards for feature writing, and the winner of the Lascaux Prize for Nonfiction.

Published and Scheduled Literary Work:


"Children of Grass: A Portrait of American Poetry" (with foreword by Mary-Louise Parker)- Schaffner Press/IPG (full length illustrated book, 186pp, 2019)  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound  | Independent Publishers Book Awards gold medal winner | Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year

"Invited to Life: After the Holocaust" (with essays by Dr. Mayim Bialik, Neil Gaiman, and Sabrina Orah Mark) -Schiffer Publishing (full length illustrated book, 224pp, 2022)  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

"On the National Language: The Poetry of America's Endangered Tongues" -Schiffer Publishing (full length illustrated book, 204pp, 2024)

"Four Quartets: Poetry in the Pandemic" - Tupelo Press (contributor; full length illustrated book, 250pp, 2020)

"Untethered: Living the Digital Nomad Life in an Uncertain World" - Exisle Publishing (foreword contributor; full length book, 223 pp, 2023)

"The Year" - Crack the Spine Press (contributor; anthology of short non-fiction)

Travel Essays:

"A Thorn or Two" - Intrepid Times (travel essay- Kosovo)

"Can You Hear Me Now?" - Nowhere Magazine (travel essay- Outer Mongolia) | featured on The Rumpus

"A Treasured Guest" - Intrepid Times (travel essay/humor- Kazakhstan)

"We'll Kill a Man in the Morning" - Intrepid Times (travel essay- Oklahoma) | finalist for the Travel Media Award for Feature Writing

"Tokyo Rising" - BuzzFeed News (travel essay/humor-Japan)

"The Hostile Mirror" - Atlas Obscura (travel essay - Sardinia)

"High Water" - Wanderlust Magazine (travel essay- Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)

"Daytime Effects" - River River (short travel essay- Great Smoky Mountains)

"Stuffed Reindeer for Sale" - Intrepid Times (travel essay- Arctic Finland)

"Blow Something Up" - Intrepid Times (travel writing suggestions)


"Faux Pas" - The Southampton Review (memoir)

"You, or Someone You Know" - The North American Review (essay) | winner of the Lascaux Prize for Nonfiction

"A Life Worth Dying For" - The Intrepid Times (creative non-fiction)

"The Infinite Highway" - The Intrepid Times (creative non-fiction)

"From Parents the Same" - The North American Review (essay)

"Other People's Bodies"- The Los Angeles Review (creative non-fiction)

"Body Language"- Poets & Writers Magazine (essay)

"Rainstorm, South Dakota" - Cutleaf (essay)

"That Others" - Tupelo Quarterly 

"No One's From Nowhere" - Eclectica (creative non-fiction)

"Sometimes for Love" - Newfound (creative non-fiction)

"Salvation"- Stonecrop Magazine (creative non-fiction)

"The Night Shift"- Stonecrop Magazine (creative non-fiction)

"Spandex World" - River River (creative non-fiction)

"Bombed at Pearl Harbor" - As You Were (creative non-fiction)

"1000" - Stonecrop Magazine (essay)

"Lost, in Translation" - Collateral (military creative non-fiction)

"The Monks of Manhattan" - Photo Brigade (essay with photographs)


"Natural Attraction" - The Los Angeles Review

"October" - Thimble

"Nothingness" - Hayden's Ferry Review

"Divorce" - Museum of Americana

"Training Center Cape May" and "Peterson Air Force Base" - Collateral

"Unhide and Seek" - And So It Goes, the Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum

"Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco- Line of Advance | winner of the Colonel Darren L. Wright Memorial Writing Award 

"Santo Domingo" and "The Man Watching Porn on the 7 Train" - Anacapa Review

"The Best Cake Ever Made in Nassau County" and "Suddenly in Mourning"- Pirene's Fountain

"Neruda" - The Moonstone Arts Center

"Persian Flaw," "U Break It U Buy It," and "Unhide and Seek" - B O D Y

"Expulsion" - Santa Clara Review

"Baseball"-Rattle | finalist for the 2022 Rattle Poetry Prize


"Hoping You Are Too" - The MacGuffin 

"Bino in the Garden of Good and Evil" - Half and One

"To Whom It May Concern"- Virga Magazine 

"Back From a Four Week Cruise Down the Nile"- 42 Stories Anthology 

"New Voice Memo"- Ripples in Space 

Reviews and Criticism:

Reviews in The New York Journal of Books

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