Anthony Aycock

Writer. Teacher. Librarian.

United States

I am a writer, teacher, and librarian. The nerdy trifecta.

A regular contributor to Medium and Information Today, I have also written for Slate, the Washington Post, Literary Hub,, the Missouri Review, the Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Creative Nonfiction, and other venues.

My first book, The Accidental Law Librarian, was released in 2013.

In addition, I have spent 20+ years working in government, academic, and private law libraries, as well as teaching academic and creative writing. I have an M.L.I.S. and an M.F.A., and I have received grant support from the De Groot Foundation, the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

More about me: I collect rare books; love football and basketball; live near Raleigh, NC with my wife, two sons, and a dubious cat; have another son in Iowa; and pretend to eat vegetables but really just move them around on my plate.


Essays & Articles

Information Today
50 Years of Stephen King

Fifty years ago, King's first novel, Carrie, was published. No one could have predicted what came next.

The Weirdness of Ambrose Bierce

Bierce left an indelible mark on American literature, even if he's mainly remembered for just one famous story...

The Missouri Review
Growing Up PK

Review essay of books by and about preachers' kids


The Writing Cooperative
An Interview with David Grann

The author of Killers of the Flower Moon discusses his method, his materials, and being an “opessimist.”

An Interview with Bart Ehrman

The author of Misquoting Jesus discusses his writing process, his faith journey, and why truth matters in the age of coronavirus.

An Interview with Jim Butcher

The Harry Dresden creator discusses fan fiction, his origins and influences, and how he nearly came to blows with Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

The Missouri Review
A Conversation with Nathaniel Philbrick

The author of In the Heart of the Sea talks writing, Moby-Dick (he's read the novel a dozen times), and whether he plans to give up writing for acting.



Honors and Awards

The de Groot Foundation
2024 Writer of Note

One of 32 award recipients selected from 1800+ applicants