I write about all sorts of things, but the things I love the most are the ones that go bump in the night. I’ve written a middle-grade fantasy called Mab Ipswich, or The Wickedest Witch, about a mischievous young witch at a public school; and am working on Octora, a middle-grade novel about an octopus who escapes an aquarium disguised as a girl.
My essays have appeared at Catapult, Tor.com, The Toast, and the Chicago Reader online, and my stories for children has 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