Darrell Kastin is an independent American writer and composer born in Los Angeles, California in 1957. His novels and short stories are much inspired by his Portuguese-Azorean and Russian-Jewish ancestry. He is the author of Shadowboxing with Bukowski, a fictionalized memoir about his days as a bookstore owner in San Pedro, California. His first novel The Undiscovered Island won the 2010 Independent Publishers IPPY Silver Prize in Multicultural Fiction. A short-story collection, inspired by the myths, legends, and people of the islands, The Conjurer & Other Azorean Tales, was released in 2012 and also won Indie honors. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in The Seattle Review, The Crescent Review, The Blue Mesa Review, The Windsor Review, Confrontation, Gávea-Brown and elsewhere. In Portugal his work has appeared in Oficina de Poesia, and Açoriano Oriental. In 1990 he won the international essay contest sponsored by Sonoma State University and Sonoma County program “Bridges to Peace,” which worked to promote world peace between the Soviet Union and the United States.
As musician and composer, in 2007 he released a CD of original folk-rock songs titled “Lullabies for Sinners”; in 2011, he released the CD “Mar Português/Portuguese Sea” in which he set the poetry of Fernando Pessoa and Florbela Espanca to his music. The CD was produced with Maestro Pedro Barroso in Lisbon.Works forthcoming or in progress include: A Tale of the Azorean Nights, a novel; The Woman who Stole the Moon & Other Stories and The Accomplice, a mystery novel. He is also working on a musical based on Bram Stoker's Dracula.