The 2016 Beverly Prize Shortlist!
To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press)
"For Slot, the past does not limit us, but rather, serves as the starting point for one's own contribution to an artistic conversation. Appropriation, reinvention, and dialogue afford exciting possibilities, which are not available to those working outside of an established literary tradition. It is her liberal approach to this received source material that renders her work so rich from an interpretational standpoint. With that in mind, the poems in this collection lend themselves to careful attention, and reward re-reading. To find a new beauty is a book that's as well-read as it is engaging. This is a wonderful debut from a talented poet." -- Kristina Marie Darling
Finalist in the 2016 Reynolds Price Award in Fiction, sponsored by the Center for Women Writers)
“One of the most striking elements of [Andrea's short story] ‘Proximity’ was its voice. Powerful and unfaltering throughout, the speaker’s voice was intriguing and so vivid that it only drew me into the story further and embedded me within her mind and conflicted thoughts...[B]ecause of the unique aspect of internal thought carrying this piece, every detail accentuated the poignancy of the speaker’s situation...All of the story’s individual elements – voice, point view, etc. – converged to form this wonderful and insightful look into an elderly person’s mind, a mind that, although just as sharp and insightful as the piece, is oft neglected and ignored: silenced by reality.”
Winner of Able Muse's 2015 Prize in Fiction
"The first line of this story ["After Reading the News Story of a Woman Who Attempted to Carry Her Dead Baby onto an Airplane,"] 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 (author of The Calligrapher's Daughter, 2009).
Winner of Fiction International's 2015 Short, Short Fiction Contest
"'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
Finalist in AROHO's Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize (selected by Kate Gale) and Shortlisted at Kore Press's Open Submissions
"[Andrea's novel The Cartography of Flesh: in the silence of Ella Mendelssohn] weaves a gorgeous tapestry that draws the reader in and makes her yearn as Andrea toys with tropes—the absent and irresistible novelist Theo, the absently inspired adjunct of a mother, Ella’s charm and ability to connect with feeling at disparate intersections…Reading this felt like a private invitation to understand longing.” -- Sara Henning, editor at Kore Press
Second Poetry Collection shortlisted for Eyewear Press' Beverly Prize, Runner-up in Meridian's Flash Fiction Contest,
Finalist in Arts & Letters Unclassifiables Contest, Three Pushcart nominations, Finalist in River Styx Micro-Fiction Contest, Finalist in The Calvino Prize ( selected by Robert Coover), Honorable mention in Able Muse's 2014 Write Prize (selected by Amit Majmudar), Finalist in Black Lawrence Press's Hudson Award for a collection of poems, Finalist in Mid-American Review's Fineline Contest, Honorable Mention in Tupelo Quarterly's Prose Contest (selected by EJ Levy), Finalist in Southeast Review's Gearhart Poetry Prize (selected by Barbara Hamby), Runner-up in Tupelo Quarterly's Prose Contest (selected by Matt Bell)