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DW Ardern is a fiction writer, sketch/improv comic, and screenwriter living in Brooklyn, NY with a mischievous rabbit named Hazel and too many books. Their work has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and Tin House Summer Workshop. He was the runner-up for the Nancy D. Hard Grove Editor’s Prize in Fiction 2021 and their stories have appeared (or are forthcoming) in The Fourth River, Quagmire Literary Magazine, Stanchion, Vestal Review, Best Microfiction 2023 anthology, Fictive Dream, Jabberwock Review, Oyster River Pages, and The Offbeat among others. He is the founding editor of EXCERPT, a lit art magazine for emerging fiction, film, music, and performance ( He also runs the sketch collective Fifth Floor Walkup with a motley cast and crew of writer/performers.

DW began their career as a small-town New England reporter, covering rural life in the Maine woods. For the past fifteen years, he has worked in the NYC media industry as a freelance writer, travel editor for Conde Nast, creative director, and speechwriter. He holds an MFA in Fiction & Screenwriting from Queens University of Charlotte.

DW can be found via the interwebs at @mythosvsrobot (Twitter) and @mythosvstherobot (Instagram). 

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