By Gabriel Santos
Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, brought the nationally recognized and award-winning Eric O. Scott to present his work “Valhalla, I am coming: Memoirs of a Viking Summer” in the Murrell Library Reading Room.
Scott is the second participant of the MVC Visiting Writers Series hosted by the English Department and sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA). All MVC students, staff, faculty and general public are invited to come and hear the Missouri author.
The room was completely filled with students, faculty and non-conventional Vikings. Throughout Scott’s presentation the room were filled with laughter.
“Eric, who was selected by Missouri Valley’s Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society chapter, firmly embraces the role of writer as one who is engaged in the world around him, eager to add his voice to ongoing cultural conversations,” said Rachel Cochran, co-coordinator of the Series. “Eric is a vibrant spirit, a lively reader, and an engaging young literary voice. As well as providing for an hour’s cultural enrichment and undeniable entertainment, his work will offer valuable insight into the role of essay-writing as a form of sincere self-investigation and self-realization.”
His fiction and memoir explore the joys and doubts of being a second-generation pagan in the modern world.
Will Lee, senior student, although he hadn’t heard much about the writer before, he did enjoyed what Scott had to share. “It’s interesting about tales and how he was raised” Lee said “I found more interesting when he went to Iceland.”
David Roberts, assistant professor of Mass Communication, was particularly entertained by the writer’s stories. “Sometimes I think authors’ stories more interesting than their work,” Roberts said. “I liked the Iceland story because I always wanted to go to Iceland”.
“I’m not a pagan, I’m Presbyterian” Roberts added, “I interviewed varying kinds of people in my lifetime in journalism, but I think it was the first time I actually heard someone declare himself as a pagan. I am always fascinated by subjects I don’t know a lot about, or people that I haven’t met a lot of.”