Author, Novelist, & Poet


About The Author

Eric Vance Walton is an acclaimed American poet, novelist, and blogger.  Eric won a 2005 Thurber Treat Prize for his fable The Heiress and the Pea. Eric’s poetry, essays, and short stories have been published widely in literary journals, magazines, and he has authored eight books.

He has studied at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis where his focus was fiction, self-publishing, and poetry.  He has also attended numerous writing workshops including a short fiction course taught by C. Michael Curtis, editor of The Atlantic magazine.  He also has appeared on local Twin Cities CBS affiliate, WCCO television to promote his children’s books.

Other credits include collaborations with Twin Cities’ artists Juan T. Parker and Kristi Casey for a series of illustrated children’s books and a series of handmade poetry chapbooks.  

The author's most recent dystopian novel, Alarm Clock Dawn currently has a 4.9 (out of 5) star rating on and is the first in a trilogy of novels. Book two in the series, Truth Is Stranger is set for a 2016-2017 release date. The third novel, Dream No More, will be published the following year. Please click on the Fiction page of this site to discover more. 

Eric has practiced meditation since the early nineties and experienced so many positive benefits he decided to teach others. He teaches meditation (one-on-one and group classes are available) using his book The Perfect Pause, A Beginners Meditation Guide and Journal as curriculum. Please visit the meditation page of this site for more information.


All the world is a library, each person a book.
— Eric Vance Walton


Alarm Clock Dawn, Eric's debut novel, was the book that truly launched his career as an author. The idea for the story came to him in 2004 but it took another nine years before the first draft was done. The novel revolves around a society so blinded by greed and so enamored by technology that nothing else matters. Alarm Clock Dawn deals not only with the catastrophic environmental impact of this unbalanced society but also the heavy psychological price of regret. The protagonist, Adam Harkin, finds himself in a race against time to find a way to save himself and his people before the planet is pillaged and polluted so severely that can it no longer support life. 

Truth Is Stranger is the much anticipated second novel of the Alarm Clock Dawn trilogy and will be published in late 2016.  The third and final novel in the Alarm Clock Dawn trilogy, Dream No More will be published the following year. 


Eric's much anticipated book on meditation, "The Perfect Pause: Meditating Your Way to the Optimal You" will be available in paperback and eBook format this Fall. 

This life is like a free falling dream in which time is the only gravity.
— Eric Vance Walton


I discovered the power of meditation in my early twenties when it helped me to heal from debilitating anxiety and depression.  At my worst, it was a daily struggle to leave the house for fear of panic attacks.  After a few months of dedicated practice, meditation began to literally heal me from the inside out.  The experience made me a believer. 

After taking a three year course in advanced meditation I spent the following two decades honing my practice. My meditation book, The Perfect Pause was published in 2009 as an introduction to this life changing practice. The book is currently being revised and will be rereleased as a paperback and eBook in the summer of 2016.

I led my first large group meditation class in 2011 and it proved to be as transformative for me as the practice itself. I now teach meditation on a weekly basis in the Twin Cities area.

Soon I'll be expanding my sessions to include private meditation sessions via FaceTime and Skype. I will also visit your organization to lead sessions of up to 100 participants basic meditation techniques to greatly reduce stress, improve general well-being, mood, and enhance employee performance.  

My ultimate goal is to eventually create a foundation that will introduce meditation into public school curriculum.

Email me at: for more information, please include, "Meditation" in the email subject line. 

A well crafted life is like a good poem. What is left out tells others every bit as much about you as what is added in.
— Eric Vance Walton


Poetry was the path that began Eric's writing career. In the early nineties his first published poem, German Village appeared in the German Village Gazette newspaper in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.  Eric's poetry has since been published widely in literary journals, magazines, and in book form. 

Personalized poetry

Eric will collaborate with you one-on-one to create a unique poem, a gift that will be remembered always. Ideal for weddings, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, or any special occasion. The final product is printed on parchment and can be matted, ready for framing. The cost for this service is $125.00. Email Eric at: for more information. 

Poetry Chapbook Series

Poetry and visual artistic expression combine masterfully in the poetry chapbook series. Each series, handmade by artist Kristi Casey, is a limited print run of never more than 100 copies.  Each book is autographed, numbered, and is comprised of 20 (or more) of Eric's original poems. These chapbooks are truly works of art. They are produced only a few times per year and are typically announced exclusively to his readers via Facebook, Twitter, and to his email newsletter subscribers.