Halvor Aakhus was born and raised in southern Indiana, on the Ohio River. There he practiced the piano until 1999, when he went to the Jacobs School to study composition, but soon abandoned music for various kitchen jobs and graveyard shifts at gas stations.
The first decade of the new millennium is a blur. Despite himself, Aakhus earned a BA in Mathematics (2006) and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida (2011).
Aakhus’ debut novel Book of Knut: A Novel by Knut Knudson has been turned into a math textbook. It contains musical scores and oil paintings, as well as homework problems.
Aakhus currently lives in Pennsylvania, where he teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.