Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He’s the author of two best-selling books: Steal Like An Artist (2012) is an illustrated manifesto for creativity in the digital age, and Newspaper Blackout (2010) is a collection of poetry made by redacting words from newspaper articles with a permanent marker.
His work has been featured on 20×200.com, NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. New York Magazine called his work “brilliant,” The Atlantic called him “positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet,” and The New Yorker said his poems “resurrect the newspaper when everybody else is declaring it dead.”
He speaks about creativity in the digital age for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist.
In previous lives, he worked as a librarian, a web designer, and an advertising copywriter.
He grew up in the cornfields of Ohio, but now he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Meghan, his son, Owen, and his dog, Milo.
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B. June 16, 1983, Circleville, Ohio
B Phil. in Interdisciplinary Studies,
Austin, like the city.
Kleon, rhymes with neon.
Origin of name:
“Austin” was a family name before Texas was a state. “Kleon” is Romanian.
PBS Newshour feature on Newspaper Blackout
More favorite talks:
Steal Like A Writer
TEDx Talk: Steal Like An Artist
Authors @ Google Talk
Chalk talk and interview
Censored Mother Goose Rhymes
TEDx Talk: Reinventing Poetry
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