John Koenig is the creator of The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which fills gaps in the language of emotion with hundreds of invented words. His original definitions have since appeared in countless short stories, band names and tattoos across the world, with one of them (sonder) even breaking into the language outright. He grew up in Switzerland and lives in Saint Paul, Minn., where he works as a freelance designer, editor, voice actor and writer.
He has a ferocious curiosity about the art and science of being human, especially language, mythology, poetry, and the natural world. Whenever he can, he enjoys cycling along the Mississippi, kayaking in the Florida mangroves or hiking in the Rockies. His work has been acclaimed by New York Magazine, WIRED, Business Insider, John Green, and the guys from Radiolab.
The Dictionary is a compendium of invented words. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language, to give a name to emotions we all might experience, but don't yet have a word for. Each sorrow is explained by the author over beautiful footage.