A poet, editor, musician, and collage artist, Austin Veldman’s writing has been described as having a “command of the rhetorical or discursive mode” (Gettysburg Review) and as having “lineation, precise wording, and ear (great, lifting rhythms) that turns the sentimental into a kind of lament in the face of obliteration” (David Dodd Lee). Veldman’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in places such as Atlanta Review, Plainsongs, Epiphany, Midwest Quarterly, and more.
In 2017 Veldman founded Twyckenham Notes, an online literary magazine which has since been recognized nationally, winning a Pushcart Prize as well as listed as a finalist for both the 2019 Firecracker Awards for Best Debut Magazine and the 2018 Best of the Net Anthology. Twyckenham Notes is home to the Joe Bolton Poetry Award and has featured poets such as Mary Ann Samyn, Allan Peterson, William Stobb, Robert VanderMolen, among others. He is also the Managing Editor of 42 Miles Press.
As a creative, Veldman’s interests extend beyond poetry and editing. A guitarist and songwriter for over a decade, he continues to write and record his compositions. His songs “Alive Again” and “Breathe Easy” have been featured on the compilation disks “Songs for Soldiers” (2012) and “Songs for Project Believe in Me” (2013), respectively. He performs acoustic sets a few times a year in his hometown. He began seriously making collage art in 2021.
Veldman holds a B.A and M.A. in English, both from Indiana University South Bend, where he has worked as an Adjunct Professor of English teaching poetry. While an undergraduate and graduate student, his writing won several independently judged contests for both fiction and poetry and he was awarded two Regional Campus Scholarships. He also served as the student editor of Analecta, the University’s award winning literary and arts journal.
Veldman lives in Granger, Indiana with his wife Maggie and his three children.