Wil S. Hylton

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"A phenomenal writer.”

— Time



“An exceptional writer.”

— Esquire


“Hylton seamlessly fuses narrative, character, and historical detail.”

— Kansas City Star

"Hylton's narrative charges, and his writing is lean and vivid.” 

— Newsday

“Hylton proves himself a major American writer.”

— Baltimore City Paper



“Marries a cinematically well-paced narrative with a deep sensitivity to the people whose lives it tells.”

— The Boston Globe

“A powerful story,

masterfully told.”

— GQ



Vanished has a huge cast and a lot of moving parts, but Hylton juggles them with supreme adroitness.”

— The Washington Post



“Reads like a lit candle, casting light in hopes of finding something lost, but also vigil-like, meant to remember as much as to reveal.”

— Politico



Wil S. Hylton has been featured on numerous television and radio programs, including Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Hardball with Chris MatthewsC-SPAN, MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes, The Diane Rehm Show, NPR Weekend Edition, and All Things Considered.


His work has appeared on the covers of The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, The New Yorker, Esquire, GQRolling Stone, New York, and many other magazines. He been selected for numerous anthologies, including The Best Music Writing, Best American Political Writing, Best Business Stories, and Next Wave: America's New Generation of Great Literary Journalists.

Hylton is a Visiting Writer at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the core faculty for the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction at Goucher College. He has been granted the Clarkson Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, the Curtis Harnack Residency at the Yaddo Corporation, the Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Journalism by the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Hylton's last book, Vanished, described the search for a missing World War II bomber that disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Critical reactions can be found hereA sample of his work can be found here, and an extensive archive is maintained by