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Dr. Andrea Witzke Slot is an award-winning London-based author and artist
Winner of Able Muse and Fiction International fiction prizes, Andrea Witzke Slot is author of two poetry collections,To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press 2012) and The Ministry of Flowers (Valley Press 2020), a collection which had been shortlisted for Eyewear Press's Beverly Prize and Black Lawrence Press's Hudson Prize. She has taught and mentored students ages 3-83; she was a primary teacher in the UK in the 1990s, and then taught at Collin College in Texas as a full-time faculty member while earning her PhD and, upon earning her PhD, joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Andrea currently lives in London, where she is a contributing artist with Fiona Lesley's award-winning Poetry Exchange and works daily to capture the temporal beauty of the human and natural worlds through words, paint, piano and photography. A Hawthornden Fellow in 2019, Andrea is currently working on a novel and a forthcoming collection of art.
Watch the online launch of The Ministry of Flowers here, where various actors, poets and and creatives read from the book. □
Andrea's short stories have won prizes with Able Muse and Fiction International and her poetry has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes and for GOSS183's Independent Best American Poetry Anthology. Other work has placed as finalist, honourable mention, or runner-up in over a dozen competitions in both the US and the UK, including:
A Room of Her Own's Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize, one of two finalists for a first novel, selected by Kate Gale