Ron A. Austin's short stories have been placed in Pleiades, Story Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, and other journals. 


Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar, his first collection of linked stories, won the 2017 Nilsen Prize and was longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.


Austin's work has garnered a 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellowship and a special mention in the 2015 Pushcart Prize Anthology.


He, his partner Jennie, and son Elijah live in St. Louis. He can be reached at


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