Andrew Geyer

Department of English University of South Carolina Aiken
Aiken, SC 29801
Phone: 
803.641.3239
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Author's Bio

Andrew Geyer's latest book is the alternate history/time travel novel Parallel Hours, which he co-authored with Jerry Craven. This barnburner novel gets underway with parallel catastrophes: the murderous Russian invasion of Baku in 1990 and the Golden Horde of Genghis Khan that destroyed the city in 1221. Thus begins a fascinating tale of alternating time planes when a misstep in either might alter—or abolish—history in both. He also co-authored the hybrid story cycle Texas 5X5 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 was 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.

Publications and Prizes

Books: 
A Shared Voice
(Lamar University Press, 2013)
, Dixie Fish
(Ink Brush Press, 2011)
, Meeting the Dead
(University of New Mexico Press, 2007)
, Parallel Hours
(Angelina River Press, 2017)
, Siren Songs from the Heart of Austin
(Ink Brush Press, 2010)
, Texas 5X5: Twenty-five Stories by Five Texas Writers
(Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2014)
, Whispers in Dust and Bone
(Texas Tech University Press, 2003)
Prizes Won: 
G.L. Toole Chair in English, University of South Carolina-Aiken, 2016. Spur Award for Short Fiction, Western Writers of America, Winner, 2015. Texas Bound Reading Series, Arts & Letters Live, Dallas Museum of Art, Featured Fiction Writer, 2015. Scholarly Activity Award, University of South Carolina-Aiken, 2014. Bridgestone/Firestone Chair, University of South Carolina-Aiken, 2013. Gary Wilson Award for Short Fiction, 2011. Batchelor Emerging Writers Series, Barton College, Featured Fiction Writer, 2010. 1st Annual Short Story Competition, Angelo State University Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton, Winner, 2008. Spur Award for Best Short Fiction, Western Writers of America, Winner, 2004. Foreword Magazine Short Fiction Book of the Year, Silver Medal, 2003. Free Times Colossal Short Story Contest, 1st place, 1999. South Carolina Fiction Project, Winner, 1992. South Carolina Fiction Project, Winner, 1990.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Ava's Man by Rick Bragg
,
Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien
Favorite Books: 
Leaves of Grass; In Our Time; The Sun Also Rises; A Moveable Feast; The Things They Carried; Woman Hollering Creek; The House on Mango Street; Main-Travelled Roads; Winesburg, Ohio; Redeployment; All Over but the Shoutin'; The Great Gatsby
Favorite Authors: 
Ernest Hemingway

More Information

Listed as: 
Fiction Writer
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Austin
Raised in: 
Frio County, TX
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Last updated: Sep 20, 2017