Andrea Witzke Slot is winner of Able Muse and Fiction International’s 2015 Prizes in Fiction, with her work described by Eugenia Kim as having “a rare and satisfying command of storytelling” and by Harold Jaffe as “meld[ing] compression, humor, keen intelligence, and social awareness.” She is author of the poetry collection To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press, 2012), and her poetry and fiction have been published widely, with recent work in Nimrod, Fiction Southeast, The American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Meridian, Tupelo Quarterly, Southeast Review, and in the anthologies Red Sky/poetry on the global epidemic of violence against women (Sable Books, 2016) and All We Can Hold: poems of motherhood (Sage Hill Press, 2016). Her essays on the university faculty crisis can be found in The Chronicle of Higher Education while her academic papers on poetry and social change can be found in books published by SUNY Press (2013) and Palgrave Macmillan (2014). After teaching for a number of years (primary school level in England and college/university level in the U.S. after receiving her PhD), Andrea now writes full-time. She is mother/stepmother to five and calls both London and Chicago home. The Cartography of Flesh: in the silence of Ella Mendelssohn, one of two finalists in A Room of Her Own’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize, is her first novel. Her website is: Andreawitzkeslot.com.
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