Andrea Witzke Slot is author of To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press, 2012) and her work can be found (or is forthcoming) in such places as Spoon River Poetry Review, Mezzo Cammin, Tupelo Quarterly, Verse Daily, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics, and Southern Women’s Review. She is now at work on a second poetry collection titled Between My Country and the Others that pushes the boundaries of traditional form and plays off a number of Dickinson themes.
Slot also writes fiction and academic work. Her just-completed novel, titled The Cartography of Flesh: In the Silence of Ella Mendelssohn, explores the the nature of desire gone wrong through contemporary versions of the mother-father-son relationship at the heart of Homer's Odyssey, while her academic work focuses on poetic dialogism as a source of social change and democratic understanding, Her scholarly work can be found in the critical collections Inhabiting “La Patria”: Identity, Agency, and “Antojo” in the work of Julia Alvarez (SUNY Press 2013) and in the forthcoming Dialogism and Poetry: Hearing Over (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).
Slot is an associate editor at RHINO Poetry as well as the book review editor at Fifth Wednesday Journal. She has lived and worked in England, Wales, and several parts of the U.S., but now calls Chicago home, where she lives with her husband, the youngest of her five children/stepchildren, and her crazy West Highland Terrier, Macbeth.
Publications and Prizes
To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press, 2012)
Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Connotation Press, Mezzo Cammin, Southern Women's Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Verse Daily
Semi-finalist in Tupelo Quarterly's Inaugural Poetry Prize, Semi-finalist in the North Carolina Literary Review's James Applewhite Poetry Prize; "Excellence in the Arts Award" at the University of Texas at Dallas for poems published in Fjala (The Word), Illyria, and PENA International; Second Place in the Sean Christopher Britton Memorial Poetry Prize.