Austin Gilkeson

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Austin Gilkeson has written for Catapult, Tin House, Foreign Policy, Vulture,, The Toast, and other publications. He lives with his wife and son outside of Houston.


Cover Photo: Photograph by Stefan Lehner/Unsplash
On Houses, Ghosts, and “Good Bones”

When we moved out of our house, I wondered: How much of our presence is still there? How much do we haunt the place?

Aug 11, 2022
Cover Photo: photo courtesy of the author
While Teaching in Japan, it Took an Enemy to Make Me Feel at Home

Yuka took my feelings of alienation and monstrousness and turned them into a hilarious joke we shared.

Dec 19, 2017
Cover Photo: J. Longo
Where the Stars Are Strange: J. R. R. Tolkien and Me

“The best books show us who we were when we first read them, who we are now, and who we may yet become.”

Oct 03, 2017
Cover Photo: The author and his son in Teshima / photo by Ayako Miki Gilkeson
Teshima: On Hearing Loss, My Son, and the Sea

There’s the lingering fear that I’ll no longer be able to hear my son’s voice.

Jan 30, 2017