Newspaper Blackout finally available as an eBook

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Newspaper Blackout ebook

My first book, Newspaper Blackout, is now available as an eBook.

Word of caution: you need to have a reasonably large, preferably backlit screen to appreciate these things. If you just have an old Kindle or an eReader with a tiny screen, you’d be better off buying the paperback. (I haven’t tested every device, but I can say it looks really great in iBooks on an iPad. Maybe even better than on paper.)


The eBook also contains some “deleted scenes”—a dozen or so poems that got cut from the original manuscript—and a new afterword.

How to get a Newspaper Blackout print for cheap

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

The holidays are coming up, which means that I’m getting a lot of email from folks who want to buy prints of my work to give as gifts.

Unfortunately, we won’t be selling prints until next year. (My wife Meg is working hard on planning the logistics—we’ll be selling signed, limited-edition screenprints of new and old poems.) Prints available now!

In the meantime, here’s how to get a cheap print:

1. Buy a copy of Newspaper Blackout and a regular ol’ 8×10 frame.

2. Razor out a poem you like.

3. Frame and enjoy!

If you’re desperate for a gift, you can also get a signed copy of Steal Like An Artist from Bookpeople here in Austin, Texas. They ship everywhere. Order one here.

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Spectors Haunting May Embrace (A Halloween Blackout)

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


Earlier this month, I posted a blackout on Instagram and a follower commented, “Sounds like the beginning of a good tale.”

That got me wondering if could tell a ghost story in blackouts for the rest of October—one blackout a day, each made from the September 29th edition of the NYTimes. (Which, as you can see above, just happened to have a lot of ghost references…)

What I ended up with was a long poem about sexually-frustrated ghosts. Not fine literature, but it was fun to make. Read the whole thing below. Happy Halloween!



Headed Northwest

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

art is the ability to turn a trick while all watch

Headed to the Pacific Northwest next week. First stop is Seattle to film a 90-minute interview with Chase Jarvis. The interview will be broadcast live, Wednesday, September 18th, 11:00am Seattle time (1pm Central, 2pm Eastern). If you have something you’re dying to know, we’ll be taking questions from the audience. Should be fun. Details here.

After that, we’re taking the Coast Starlight down to Portland for XOXO Fest. I can’t remember the last time I went to a conference where I wasn’t a speaker, so I’m looking forward to it.

As always, follow me on Twitter for last-minute updates: @austinkleon

A poem a day

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

another day another dent in the heart

Since the #NewspaperBlackout show in April, I’ve been making a poem every day and posting it to Instagram. It looks something like this (or this):

It’s a good ritual before I do my “real” work for the day. I use this little librarian stamp on the poem when I’m finished—if I’ve kept up with my routine, I only have to move the day slider one little notch:


They don’t always turn out:


Sometimes the bleed from the poem makes for interesting art on the other side:


I wanted to share a few of my favorites below…



Sunday, November 25th, 2012


A while back, the folks at Wired asked me to make some blackouts from their recent design issue. I thought I’d play around with the whole “maker” movement, and went hunting in the magazine for all the instances of “make” and “maker” in the text.

The blackout process is tricky — often, the more I try to intentionally “do” something with it, the less spectacular the results. Like most poetry and art, the blackouts aren’t really editorials, either — so much of what they say is what the reader brings to them, or what title or captions they’re given, or what context they’re put in.

In the end, nothing really came of these two pieces, so I’m posting them here.


New York Times piece on turning legal constraints into artistic constraints

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

New York Times Room For Debate

I wrote a little piece this morning for the New York Times‘ “Room For Debate” section on how turning the constraints of fair use into artistic constraints actually leads me to make better blackout poems. Read it here, or below.


How To Win An Election (October Horoscopes)

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

libra horoscope scorpio horoscope sagittarius horoscope capricorn horoscope aquarius horoscope pisces horoscope aries horoscope taurus horoscope gemini horoscope cancer horoscope leo horoscope virgo horoscope

(And don’t forget to vote.)

Nine to Five

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

go to work / and sneak things in when you can

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September Horoscopes

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

virgo horoscope libra horoscope scorpio horoscope sagittarius horoscope capricorn horoscope aquarius horoscope pisces horoscope aries horoscope taurus horoscope gemini horoscope cancer horoscope leo horoscope

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