Background

Andrew Geyer was born in Austin and grew up on a working cattle ranch in Southwest Texas. He lived in Austin again in the 80s and 90s, along with stints in Columbia, South Carolina; Tishomingo, Oklahoma; Lubbock, Texas; Russellville, Arkansas; and Aiken, South Carolina. Geyer has beenamong other thingsa bartender, a waiter, a busboy, a bellhop, a cashier, a landscaper, a construction worker, a manager at a Birkenstock store, a student, a teacher, and a writer. A lover of the outdoors and an avid runner and canoeist, Geyer has traveled extensively in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, and North Africa.

Bio

Andrew Geyer earned a PhD in American Literature and Creative Writing from Texas Tech University in 2003, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of South Carolina-Columbia in 1992, and BAs in English and Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988.

Geyer's latest book project is the hybrid story cycle Texas 5X5, which he co-wrote with Jerry Craven, Jan Seale, Terry Dalrymple, and Kristin vanNamen.  This collection of twenty-five interconnected short stories by five Texas writers, edited by Laurie Champion, was published by Stephen F. Austin University Press in 2014.  The collection has been named a finalist for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award in the Short Stories category.  Andrew Geyer's short story "Fingers," the opening story in the collection, won the 2015 Spur Award for Best Short Fiction from the Western Writers of America.

Geyer is the co-editor, with Tom Mack, of the composite anthology A Shared Voice which was published by Lamar University Press in 2013.  The collection was named a finalist for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award in the Short Stories category.  "Gethsemane," by Clay Reynolds, the opening story in the collection, was a finalist for the 2014 Spur Award for Best Short Fiction from the Western Writers of America. 

Geyer has also published four individually authored books, the latest of which is the novel Dixie Fish (2011). His other book-length works are Siren Songs from the Heart of Austin (2010), a story cycle; Meeting the Dead (2007), a novel; and Whispers in Dust and Bone (2003), a story cycle that won the silver medal for short fiction in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards and the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Geyer has published dozens of short stories, along with poetry and creative non-fiction. His award-winning work has appeared in Texas Review, South Dakota Review, Southwestern American Literature, and many other literary magazines and anthologies, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters and recently named a Breakthrough Rising Star by the University of South Carolina system, he currently serves as Professor and Chair of English at the University of South Carolina-Aiken and as fiction editor for Concho River Review.

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