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About Paul

Hi, I'm Paul Kix, a writer who loves to tell big beating-heart stories about larger-than-life people in precarious situations. The men and women who live through these experiences often have the best sense for the universal truths of life, and I've become obsessed over the years with not only the drama of these characters' existence but the wisdom they've gained. I've tried my best to relay that wisdom in my magazines pieces  or in the pages of my book, The Saboteur, which DreamWorks optioned for a movie, and my piece for GQ, The Accidental Getaway Driver, which was turned into a major motion picture.

I've also had the good fortune of shaping other writers' work at, where I'm a deputy editor. These are often writers whose compassion drives them to do their best work: Pulitzer-Prize winners like Eli Saslow and Don Van Natta, Jr.; the poet and MacArthur "Genius" Award winner Claudia Rankine; and Wright Thompson, acclaimed (not only by me!) as the best sportswriter working today.  


When I'm not writing I'm teaching a digital course I created, The Storytelling You, or helping clients with their writing and storytelling projects.


Born and raised the son of a fourth-generation farmer in Hubbard, Iowa, I now make my home in Connecticut, with my wife, daughter, identical twin boys, and mother in law. Email me at

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Let's Go Cyclones!
Watch my personal Iowa State vs. Iowa video essay aired on ESPN College Game Day, September 14, 2019.
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