Meet Our Lit Crawl Authors

We’d like to thank our friends Steph Opitz at The Texas Book Festival and Jill Meyers at A Strange Object for including us among the hosts for this year’s Lit Crawl festivities. We are amazed and humbled by the stellar lineup of authors they’ve arranged for our event on October 25th at 8:30pm at The Volstead in East Austin: The Austin Review IRL.

Please RSVP at our Facebook event page: and learn more about the other events and schedule at the official Lit Crawl website:

Below is additional information about the four authors who will read at The Austin Review IRL. Please support their work and come out on Saturday night to meet them IRL!

Photo from Austin's website.

Photo from Austin's website.

Austin Kleon

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.”

Austin's Texas Book Festival Page:

Photo by Bader Hower

Photo by Bader Hower

Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki is the author of the novella If You’re Not Yet Like Me, originally published by Flatmancrooked, and recently re-released by Nouvella Press.  The Los Angeles Times named her a Face to Watch for 2014.

Her debut novel, California, was published by Little, Brown on July 8, 2014.  California debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestsellers List and has been the #1 bestseller on the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestsellers lists.  It’s also been on the IndieBound and Publishers Weekly Bestsellers Lists.

California is a fall 2014 selection of Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program.  Edan and Stephen Colbert are now besties.

Edan's Texas Book Festival Page:

Photo from Maxwell's website.

Photo from Maxwell's website.

Maxwell Neely-Cohen

Maxwell Neely-Cohen was born and raised in Washington, DC, where he spent his teenage years skateboarding and DJing. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, he lives in New York City. Echo of the Boom is his first novel.

Maxwell's Texas Book Festival Page:

Ursula Villarreal-Moura

Ursula Villarreal-Moura's writing has appeared in New South, CutBank, The Weekly Rumpus, The Austin Review, DOGZPLOT, and other journals. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and is at work on a novel-in-stories.

Thank You for Our Issue 2 Release Party

Thank you for joining us this weekend as we released our second print issue! 

We are especially grateful to Co-Lab Projects for allowing us to use their beautiful space. Co-Lab Projects is an artist-run nonprofit organization located on the east side of town dedicated to exhibiting contemporary works of art.

Nothing goes better with a warm summer night in Austin than wine and a cold beer, and we were lucky enough to have both because of the generous beverage donations of Austin Beer Works and Personal Wine. We are also grateful to Eastside Yoga, Eastside Showroom, Tina Taiga, Wright Bros Brew & Brew, Bill Doran, and Bar 2211 for their support. And we’d like to thank our talented Issue 2 authors and readers—Vincent Scarpa and Ursula Villarreal-Moura—for making the night a truly special literary event.

Lastly, we express our deepest gratitude to Dana and Stephen of the public relations and design firm Stellar Impeller. Their time, effort, and hard work are what transformed the evening into a true celebration!

Thank you once again, Austin, for supporting us and literature!


The Austin Review Staff

Save the Date: The Austin Review Is Having a Lawn Party!

Join us for the release of Issue 2. We'll have complimentary bites, beverages, and lawn games plus readings from our Issue 2 authors. Journals will be on sale for a special price of $10. Stay tuned for information about pre-sales.

Saturday, June 14

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Co-Lab Projects

613 Allen Street

Austin, TX 78702

We can't wait to share Issue 2. See you there!

Del Valle ISD Fine Arts Event

On Saturday morning, March 22, please join us and help support fine arts, education, and Del Valle ISD as they showcase their talented artists and writers. This event is being sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Ballet Austin, the Long Center, Blanton Museum of Art, The Contemporary Austin, and many others. We are so proud to be a part of it and hope to see you there.

Click here for event information.


Notes from the Typewriter

Photograph by  Stephen Callender.  

Photograph by Stephen Callender. 

At The Austin Review launch party last Saturday, we set up a typewriter and encouraged guests to write whatever they liked with the knowledge that their words might end up on social media. As promised, here are our favorites from the evening:

"As I wailed past the rows of cubicles at the Livestrong Foundation and into the courtyard, I saw how attractively dressed were the ladies in attendance and regretted not wearing nicer pants."

"So this is what vintage feels like."

"Would you lie to save lives?"

"She smiled."

"Be aware of a book based on Austin women with straight bangs."

"But I love her."



Young broke writer


to crash launch


Drinks free beer

eats hors d'oeuvres

Waits in lines"


Our First Edition Release and Launch Party

Photograph by Caleb Roenigk, used under the Creative Commons Attribution License. 

Photograph by Caleb Roenigk, used under the Creative Commons Attribution License. 

It’s set. The first edition of The Austin Review will be available on January 11, 2014. That evening, we plan to celebrate with a grand launch party held at the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s office at 2201 East Sixth Street from 6-9pm.

Everyone is invited, and we hope this will be an ideal opportunity to bring the Austin literary community together. The event will include issues for sale, readings by several of our authors including Austin’s own Derrick Brown, and complimentary drinks and appetizers.

Stay tuned for updates as the event nears, including information about our after party!

Impressions From The Twin Cities Book Festival

Written by The Austin Review Staff

If Rain Taxi's Twin Cities Book Festival is your best-ever family reunion then: everyone is strangely accepting of your choice to pursue writing--as a career--and you actually get excited when there's talk of procuring a hotdish. Plus, Rain Taxi is hosting and Nicholson Baker is there.

Nicholson Baker hanging with Ernest Hemingway

Nicholson Baker hanging with Ernest Hemingway

If you have to pick favorites among your family (and you do) the list starts with Nicholson Baker, whose crazy, sexy, funny, obsessive books you have fondled at home and in stores. The thing about seeing him in person is that you realize he is a human being, not just a brain floating somewhere in literary outer space. So just in front of you Nicholson Baker reads some of his new book, Traveling Sprinkler, interwoven with clever notes about how it is he came to write that very passage. It's the director's cut with commentary of readings.

Of course, he's everybody's favorite uncle, and the time he is able to devote to you is limited. It turns out that's fine because it gives you a chance to hang out with the ladies at the Paper Darts table, a couple of local Minneapolains who make one of the most mind-alteringly beautifully illustrated journals currently available on this humble planet. You have set paintings from their journal as the desktop image on your computer. When you meet them you should keep this to yourself, but don't. 

Walking by Graywolf Press’ table of award-winning books you have those thoughts again. You know, the snobby ones about how printed books are wonderful and should continue to exist. And just like people, some books speak to you more than others--like the ones on the Sunnyoutside table which, by those measures, have a lot to say. Whether it's a hand-sewn, letter pressed, four-by-four inch chapbook of Haiku or a matte perfect-bound story collection about the anxiety of opening a door, the books are lovely both inside and out.

What's more, Sunnyoutside is just a few feet away from Revolver, another Minneapolis-based journal filled with expertly organized words wrapped in an attractive, pocket-sized package. It's easy to cross the aisle and examine their large, close-up painting of Hemingway sitting at a bar, raising a glass to your genius, because there is a perfectly located hole for your own head, forcing Hemingway to lean in close. To say, "You are my favorite." (But he's always drunk at these things and says that to everyone.)


We Now Have an Events Calendar

We are pleased to announce the launch of the literary events calendar portion of our blog, titled Happenings. You can find the calendar under the "Blog" tab on our website.

With the goal of bringing the literary community together, we will regularly post local Austin literary events, as well as noteworthy events from all over. In order to ensure that we include as many exciting events as possible, we invite you to help. Please feel free to email us event suggestions at

This photograph is from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and used under the Creative Commons Attributions-license.

This photograph is from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and used under the Creative Commons Attributions-license.

Austin Literary Events for This Week

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz reads

Sept. 23th, 7-9p.m. at 
Blanton Museum of Art, Edgar A. Smith Building (EAS), auditorium

fields magazine presents: An Evening of Poetry and Desserts (this was rescheduled due to weather) 

Sept. 24th, 6-8pm at in.gredients

Bat City Review kicks off their 10th year with a reading

Sept. 24th, 8pm at Gypsy Lounge

Austin Public Library Foundation presents Banned Book Bash

Sept. 26th, 6-8 pm ($10 for non-members, includes libations and light fare) at Scholz Beer Garten