Winner of Fiction International's 2015 Short Short Fiction Contest and Able Muse's 2015 Prize in Fiction, Andrea Witzke Slot writes poetry, fiction, essays, and academic work, and is particularly fascinated by the spaces in which these genres intersect. She is author of the poetry collection, To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press) and a recently-finished novel manuscript, The Cartography of Flesh: in the silence of Ella Mendelssohn.
Her work (all book-length fiction and creative non-fiction) is represented by Stephanie Sinclair at Transatlantic Literary Agency.
Andrea's recent fiction, flash fiction, and poetry can be found (or is forthcoming) in a variety of places, including Mid-American Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Fiction Southeast, Adirondack Review, Fiction International, Litro Magazine (NY), Able Muse Review, Lunch Ticket's Amuse-Bouche, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry East, Measure, Nimrod, Bellevue Literary Review, Mezzo Cammin, Southeast Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Inflectionist Review, and The Femmes Folles Anthology Bared (edited by Laura Madeline Wiseman).
Her essays on the contingent faculty crisis have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, while academic essays on dialogic poetry and social change can be found in the books Inhabiting "La Patria": Identity, Agency, and "Antojo" in the Work of Julia Alvarez (SUNY Press 2013) and Dialogism and Poetry: Hearing Over (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).
Previous poetry editor at the award-winning Rhino Poetry and previous book review editor at Fifth Wednesday Journal, Andrea now writes full time and lives between Chicago and London. She is at work on a second novel (a ghost story about sibling loss), another collection of poems, and a short story collection titled Where Our Hands Rest in the Night. New poems and stories are making appearances at her desk daily.
Want to know about her novel and her approach to hybrid work? Read her interview at Mid-American Review here. And feel free to email: email@example.com
Winner of Able Muse's Prize in Fiction for the short story: "After Reading the News Story of a Woman Who Attempted to Carry Her Dead Baby onto an Airplane"
"The first line of this story presents a character, setting and situation with a rare and satisfying command of storytelling. Using perfect details balanced against rapid pacing, the voice of this writing has an air of stern and simple elegance, and reveals how the narrator’s experience of a newspaper story becomes a parallel challenge to her own ambivalence about motherhood and love. In the way that great stories open larger questions, within its brief timeframe this story questions culture and society, and how we are so quick and sure to judge the tragedies of others, yet with less capacity to examine the perils in our own judgments." - Eugenia Kim (The Cartographer's Daughter, 2009)
Winner of Fiction International's 2015 Fiction Contest Prize for the piece "Talking Trojans"
“Talking Trojans” melds compression, humor, keen intelligence, and social awareness into a savory 300 words. The references to Roland Barthes and his fetishization of language, especially his Lover’s Discourse, is cunning and comical. Where is the virus? Perhaps it is in the lover’s “discourse,” the language, however refined, which obscures the virulent spaces eroding between the words and all about us." - Harold Jaffe, editor-in-chief of Fiction International and author of 14 collections of fiction, four novels and two volumes of essays
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