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austin kleon

I’m a writer who draws. I make art with words and books with pictures.

Here’s a longer, more official-sounding version, suitable for copying and pasting:

Austin Kleon is the New York Times bestselling author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout, and Show Your Work! His latest release is The Steal Like An Artist Journal: A Notebook For Creative Kleptomaniacs. His work has been translated into over twenty languages and featured on 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. He grew up in the cornfields of Ohio, but now he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons. Visit him online at www.austinkleon.com

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Here’s what I’m working on right now.


My books

Show Your Work
steal like an artist
Newspaper Blackout
steal like an artist journal

The best way to get to know me is to read my books.


Frequently Asked Questions

B. June 16, 1983
Circleville, Ohio

B Phil. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University

Austin, like the city. Kleon, rhymes with neon.

Origin of name:
“Austin” was a family name before Texas was a state. “Kleon” is Romanian.



This interview with photographer Chase Jarvis is a great introduction to my work.

Here are links to video of some of my favorite interviews:

You can watch more talks on my blog.


Selected Press & Interviews

More recent interviews on the blog.