Kleon's works focus on creativity in today's world. He has spoken at organizations such as Pixar, Google, and TEDx, and at conferences such as The Economist's Human Potential Summit and SXSW.
On June 16, 1983, Kleon was born in Circleville, Ohio, United States. Kleon's father was an associate professor at Ohio State University. Kleon's mother was a school counsellor and later a school principal. Kleon has two half brothers and a step sister. Kleon graduated as a valedictorian in high school. 
Kleon attended Miami University in Ohio.
Kleon started his career in a public library in Cleveland, Ohio. While working in a library, Kleon became a blogger and posted his poems. Kleon also taught library users how to use computers. Kleon taught himself HTML and CSS. In Austin, Texas, Kleon became a web designer for the law school at University of Texas. Kleon published his poems as Newspaper Blackout. After Kleon's first book was published, he became a copywriter for Spring box, a digital ad agency.
Kleon's work has been translated into over a dozen languages and featured on major media.
Kleon publishes a weekly newsletter to 70,000+ subscribers.
- Shelfari (2013). Austin Kleon. Retrieved from a May 7, 2013 archive of Kleon's Shelfari page. Retrieved on February 16, 2017.
- Examples of Austin Kleon's books appearing on The New York Times Best Seller list: Steal Like an Artist on the NYT Culture best seller list for April 12, 2015; Show Your Work! on the NYT Education best seller list for January 10, 2016.
- Austin Kleon Asks 'Is SXSW Over?' During Keynote Address, Hollywood Reporter, Retrieved March 7, 2014.
- Austin Kleon - Amazon
- "Books by Austin Kleon". Austin Kleon. Retrieved 2020-05-12.
- Kleon, Austin (2013-09-06). Mass Fetishization of Creativity. CreativeMornings/ATX, Talk by Austin Kleon, 6 September 2013. Retrieved on 2013-08-05.
- Austin Kleon: Steal Like An Artist, TEDxKC (TEDx Kansas City). Filmed in 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- Austin Kleon Speaks on Combinatorial Creativity, The Atlantic, by Maria Popova, September 28, 2011. Retrieved on February 16, 2017.
- "Austin Kleon FAQ". austinkleon.com. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
- Essmaker, Ryan and Tina (April 1, 2014). "Austin Kleon". thegreatdiscontent.com. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
- Talk by Austin Kleon, SXSW. Retrieved on 2014-03-07.
- "Austin Kleon's weekly newsletter". Austin Kleon. Retrieved 2020-05-12.
- Austin Kleon's official site
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- Austin Kleon on NPR
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