“I’m a writer who draws” this is how Austin Kleon describes himself. His best known “poem” Overheard on the Titanic is reproduced below. Enjoy exploring his website it’s full of more poems and interesting projects he’s working on and lots of other stuff.

Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. He’s the author of Newspaper Blackout, a best-selling book of poetry made by redacting* newspaper articles with a permanent marker. New York Magazine called the book “brilliant” and The New Yorker said the poems “resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it dead.”  A20×200 artist, his work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in The Wall Street Journal. Kleon draws for clients such as Austin City Limits and SXSW, and he speaks about writing, drawing, and being an artist online for organizations such as TEDx and The Economist. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Meghan, and their dog, Milo. Visit him online at www.austinkleon.com

Click HERE and find out the 9 things that nobody ever told him. His work starts at $20 buy some HERE.


Overheard on the Titanic

* I found two meanings for “Redacting” – (The Cambridge Dictionary said there was no such word.)



1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to compose or draft (an edict, proclamation, etc.)


2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) to put (a literary work, etc.) into appropriate form for publication; edit.


I reckon it’s just farting around with a permanent marker.



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