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Austin Bunn

Associate Professor, Koenig Jacobson Sesquicentennial Fellow

Austin Bunn

Schwartz Ctr-Performing Arts, Room 429

Educational Background

B.A. American Studies, Yale University

M.F.A Fiction & Playwriting, University of Iowa Writers' Workshop



I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts and the Director of the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity. I won the 2017 Carpenter Memorial Advising Award for my work helping students connect with professionals in film, television, theatre and media.

As a filmmaker, I co-wrote the script for Kill Your Darlings (Sony Pictures Classics), starring Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and won the International Days Prize at the Venice Film Festival. I've written feature screenplays and television pilots for Fox 2000, Lionsgate, Participant Media, Tomorrow Studios and served as a mentor at the Screenwriters' Colony (Nantucket) and Outfest Screenwriting Lab. My award-winning short films, "Lavender Hill," "In the Hollow,"  and "Ascent" have screened nationally and internationally at Frameline (SF), OutFest (LA), InsideOut (Toronto), Brooklyn Film Festival (NY), Provincetown International Film Festival (MA), Sidewalk Film Festival (AL), Milwaukee Film Festival (WI), MEZIPATRA (Czechoslovakia), USN Expo (Italy), and elsewhere. "Ascent" is now distributed on television by Shorts TV (nationally and internationally).

I'm the author of the short story collection The Brink, published by Harper Perennial and selected as a Lamdba Lit finalist and Electric Literature "Best Short Story Collection of 2015." I worked for nearly a decade as a journalist, and my fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe Atlantic, Zoetrope, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Science and Nature Writing, and elsewhere. My monologue, "Basement Story," won the Missouri Review Audio Essay Prize and has been broadcast on WBEZ, Third Coast, Australian Radio, and Michigan Public Radio. The audiobook of The Brink won the Audie 2017 for best fiction collection from Audible. I'm also a Michener-Copernicus fellow in fiction.


  • Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity
  • Performing and Media Arts


Fall 2021


Bunn, Austin. The Brink: Stories, HarperPerennial (NY, 2015)

Bunn, Austin and Vachon, Christine. A Killer Life: How An Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond, Simon and Schuster (NY, 2007)


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