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Rolf Yngve

Literature: Writer

About the artist:

Author Rolf Yngve served 35 years on active duty in the Navy, enlisting as a seaman and retired as a captain in 2006, before pursuing his writing career. Although he wrote short fiction and some creative non-fiction along the way, after retirement he earned an MFA in fiction from the Warren Wilson MFA for Writers Program.

In the 1970s and 80s, Rolf published work in literary journals Quarterly West and The Greensboro Review, and was anthologized in Best American Short Stories, 1979. More recent work has been published in The Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, Indiana Review, and a number of other journals, and was awarded several prizes, including the Indiana Review Fiction Prize for 2009

In 2018, Rolf debuted his first book-length publication, Dog Watches, a collection of short stories from those who stand watch in the middle of the night. He also completed a memoir about his shipmate, Officer Ratish Prasad, the first Hindu memorialized at Arlington National Cemetery, which is awaiting publication.

A full-time writer, Rolf is also involved in a number of not-for-profit artistic ventures, including So Say We All and Veteran’s Village of San Diego, where he helped edit Incoming, Veteran Writers on Returning Home and helps veterans in recovery write their resumes. He’s also been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Bakeless Bread Loaf Fellow in Residence at the Camargo Institute.

Rolf and his wife Sharon Shelton, Captain USN (retired), are long-time residents of Coronado and live in the Coronado Cays. Learn more about his writing at