Austin Gilkeson

Austin Gilkeson writes stories for children and essays for people of all ages. He has written for The New York Review of Books, Tin House, McSweeney’s, Foreign Policy, Vulture, Consequence, Catapult,, Tor Nightfire, The Toast, The Rumpus, Points in Case, Write Volumes, Unbound Worlds, and the Chicago Reader. His essays have also been published in the anthologies Body Language (Catapult, 2022), Inaka: Portraits of Life in Rural Japan (Camphor Press, 2020), and Down the Block: An Anthology of City Life (Metrolingua, 2009).

His middle-grade stories have appeared in Underneath the Juniper Tree and Spellbound, and on the podcast Cast of Wonders. He is represented by Maria Vicente of P.S. Literary Agency.

Austin grew up in the Carolinas and is a graduate of William & Mary and the University of Chicago. He spent two years on the Japanese island of Tsushima, sixteen years in Chicago, and now lives with his wife and son outside Houston.


Email me: gilkeson [at] gmail [dot] com

Twitter: @osutein

art by J. Longo