Austin Gilkeson writes stories for children and essays for people of all ages. His essays and articles have appeared at Tin House, McSweeney’s, Catapult, Vulture, Tor.com, Foreign Policy, The Toast, The Rumpus, Points in Case, Unbound Worlds, and the Chicago Reader online. His middle-grade stories have appeared in Underneath the Juniper Tree and Spellbound, and on the YA podcast Cast of Wonders.
His current books are: Octora, a middle grade novel about a boy lost at sea, the world’s most illegal seafood restaurant, pirate-chefs, and an octopus disguised as a girl (currently on submission); The God in Sixth Grade, a middle grade novel about a mischievous god exiled to middle school (currently in progress); and Where the Stars Are Strange, a collection of humorous, critical, and personal essays on pop culture and parenthood (currently in progress).
Austin is originally from the Carolinas (both of them). He holds a BA in English Literature from William & Mary, and an MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. He spent two years teaching English on the remote Japanese island of Tsushima, and now lives with his wife and son just outside Chicago.
Email me: gilkeson [at] gmail [dot] com
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