I’m a writer and also possibly a gloomy octopus. I am currently working on a collection of essays about Middle-earth and other fantasy worlds, as well as a middle-grade novel, Octora, about a boy lost at sea, the world’s most illegal seafood restaurant, pirate-chefs, and an octopus disguised as a girl. I’m represented by Maria Vicente of P.S. Literary Agency.
My writing has appeared at Catapult, The Rumpus, Tor.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