Austin Gilkeson writes books for children and essays for people of all ages. His writing has appeared at Catapult, Vulture, Tor.com, The RumpusThe Toast, Points in CaseUnbound Worlds, and the Chicago Reader online, and is forthcoming from McSweeney’s. His stories for children have appeared in the children’s literary magazines Underneath the Juniper Tree and Spellbound, and on the YA podcast Cast of Wonders.

He is represented by Maria Vicente of P.S. Literary Agency.

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); Hesper’s Hundred Year Night, a middle grade novel about a vampire who moves in with her descendents (currently in progress); and Where the Stars Are Strange, a collection of humorous, critical, and personal essays on fantasy and science fiction (currently in progress).

Austin is originally from Charleston, South Carolina and studied English literature at William & Mary and the University of Chicago. He spent two years teaching elementary and junior high school English on the 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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Header image courtesy of J. Longo, from “Where the Stars Are Strange” at Catapult.