Austin's first collection of poetry, Cloudy Days, Still Nights arrives this spring from Moran Press.
I’m actually pretty young. I’m 18 years old and this year I’m finishing my senior year of high school and next year I’ll be studying creative writing at ASU. “Cloudy Days, Still Nights” is the first book of mine to be published and it’s my first full length collection of poetry.
I’m a big dreamer and I have ADHD and my girlfriend will tell you I’ve got a romantic’s heart. A good portion of my writing is love poetry and I’ve always dreamed of selling everything one day, quitting my job, buying an RV or hopping on a plane and traveling around the country or the world or maybe one day in space.
I taught the poetry unit in my high school’s creative writing class this year and I started student teaching at an elementary school. It made me realize that I love kids and poetry is what I’m passionate about. I really just want to help people with my life.
I love basketball and I was the starting point guard for my high school. Ever since I was very young, playing basketball has always been the greatest stress reliever for me and along with writing, it’s always been how I let out my emotions.
I’m a little weird when it comes to technology. I’ve grown up with everyone around me being really involved in their phones and I’ve kind of always hated how it’s influenced our culture. I love the connectedness of technology, but I think that it’s important to recognize how it’s affecting us and how increasingly hard it’s becoming to look up from our screens.