Kirk Kjeldsen received an MFA from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. He has taught screenwriting and production at VCU's School of the Arts, the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb), and the Polish National Film School in Lódź. He was a staff and freelance reporter for a number of newspapers and magazines, and his first novel, Tomorrow City, was published by Signal 8 Press in 2013. His novel The Depths was included in the New Jersey Star-Ledger's 10 Best Books of 2018 list and was nominated for the 2019 Library of Virginia Literary Awards, and his novel East was nominated for the Dzanc Prize for Fiction. He also wrote and produced the film Gavagai, which was included in the The New Yorker's and the Los Angeles Times' "Best of 2018" lists. He currently lives in Germany with his wife and children.