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

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

"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  

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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

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

"Suddenly in Mourning" - Pirene's Fountain

"Expulsion" - Santa Clara Review

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


"Hoping You Are Too" - The MacGuffin (fiction)

"To Whom It May Concern"- Virga Magazine (fiction hybrid)

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

"New Voice Memo"- Ripples in Space (fiction)


"Strange and Charm" - Fordham Magazine (flash nonfiction, profile)

"Next Year"- Fordham Magazine (flash nonfiction, news)

"La Bocce Vita" - Fordham Magazine (flash nonfiction, travel)

Reviews and Criticism:

Reviews in The New York Journal of Books

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