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About Shawn


I am a writer, author, and former newspaper reporter.

My book, Old Man River & Me, written with Mark Knudsen, was named one of the 10 best literary travel books of the year by Booklist magazine. It is available as a Kindle book through Amazon or as an iBook from the Apple iTunes Store. A limited number of actual books autographed by both authors are available. Or we can just sign on our names on your e-book screen.

My song, "Santa Came Too Soon," will be available for download or streaming Nov. 15, 2018, at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other services. It premiered on The Dr. Demento Show on Nov. 3, 2018.

I was a reporter and self-syndicated columnist for several newspapers in Iowa. (You can read about Shawn's column writing days here and see a selection of the columns here.)

I've also has been a stay-at-home dad since 1994, even though my kids were born in 1996 and 1998.

I live with my wife, Susan, and sons, Sam and Tom, in Urbandale, Iowa.



About the logo

The sawn plank logo, the trademark colophonic emblem of the Shawn Plank website, is a symbol of strength, integrity and of a piece of wood being cut in two.