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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 next book is Keep Going, a guide to staying creative in good times and bad. His books have over a million copies in print and have been translated into over two dozen languages. He’s been 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. Visit him online at www.austinkleon.com
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Frequently Asked Questions
B. June 16, 1983, Circleville, Ohio
Education: B Phil. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University
Pronunciation: Austin, like the city. Kleon, rhymes with neon.
Origin of name: “Austin” was a family name before Texas was a state. “Kleon” is Romanian.
What advice do you have for young artists starting out? Steal Like An Artist.
How do I get published, famous, etc.? Show Your Work!
How did you come up with the idea to make your newspaper blackout poems? The full story is in the book.
What are your favorite books? Here are my favorites from the past decade.
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
- The Great Discontent, 2014
- Fast Company, 2014
- NPR’s KQED Forum, 2014
- KUT.org, 2014
- CopyBlogger, 2013
- AdviceToWriters.com, 2012
- Kenyon Review, 2012
- Forbes, 2012
- PBS Newshour, 2010
- The New Yorker, 2010
More recent interviews on the blog.