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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 (Workman, 2012) is a manifesto for creativity in the digital age; Show Your Work! (Workman, 2014) is a guide to sharing creativity and getting discovered; and Newspaper Blackout (Harper Perennial, 2010) is a collection of poetry made by redacting words from newspaper articles with a permanent marker.

His work has been translated into over a dozen 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.

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 and sons.

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My books

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.