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I write middle-grade fiction about octopuses, witches, and giant spiders, and essays about Tolkien, parenthood, and also occasionally giant spiders. My current books are: Octora, a middle-grade novel on-submission, about a boy lost at sea, the world’s most illegal seafood restaurant, pirate-chefs, and an octopus disguised as a girl; and Dispatches from Middle-earth & Other Realms, a collection of humorous and critical essays on fantasy and science fiction, currently in-progress. I’m represented by Maria Vicente of P.S. Literary Agency.

My writing has appeared at Catapult, The RumpusTor.com, The Toast, and the Chicago Reader online; my stories for children have been published in the children’s literary magazines Underneath the Juniper Tree and Spellbound, and on the YA podcast Cast of Wonders.

I’m originally from Charleston, South Carolina and studied English literature at William & Mary and the University of Chicago. I spent two years teaching elementary and junior high school English on the Japanese island of Tsushima, and now live with my wife and son outside Chicago.

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

Follow me on Twitter: @osutein

Header image courtesy of J. Longo, from “Where the Stars Are Strange” at Catapult.

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