Ron Austin and Ian O’Neill

A collaboration between Ron A. Austin and Ian O’Neill

RON A. AUSTIN‘s short stories have been placed in Boulevard, 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, has received several honors including: The 2017 Nilsen Prize, a 2019 Foreward INDIES GOLD Award, a 2020 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, a 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize nomination, and a 2020 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nomination. Austin’s work has been supported by grants from the Regional Arts Commission, including a 2016 Artist Fellowship. He, his wife Jennie, and son Elijah live in St. Louis.

As a commercial illustrator of over a decade, UK based artist IAN O’NEILL has worked on a multitude of different projects with a variety of clients. Working on commissions for everything from album cover art to product packaging, Ian has dabbled in a multitude of artistic approaches over the years. In recent years, his cartoon-influenced graphic style has led him to more narrative-based mediums, with his focus increasingly on drawing for comics and graphic novels. Find him online at