Andrew Geyer

Fiction Writer

Department of English University of South Carolina Aiken
Aiken, SC 29801
Phone: 
803.641.3239

Author's Bio

Andrew Geyer's latest book is Lesser Mountains. The tightly knit stories in this cycle delve into the lives of fictional people living in and around the small town of Jordan, Texas. Common themes, shared imagery, and intertwined plots combine to reveal the life arcs of everyday folks who find themselves displaced by profound change. The protagonists for the major plotlines are introduced in the opening story, and the subsequent narratives link the trajectories of their lives in unexpected and fascinating ways—a novelistic effect that makes the whole much more than just the sum of its parts.

Geyer's hybrid story cycle Dancing on Barbed Wire, co-authored with Jerry Craven and Terry Dalrymple, and edited by Tom Mack, was published by Angelina River Press in 2018. These sixteen interlocked narratives move at a clip through time and space, from the Civil War to the present, from the sun-scorched brush country to the lush and sometimes lethal Piney Woods. Although readers may detect shades of Hawthorne and Faulkner in the haunted houses, serial characters, disembodied voices, and rattling family skeletons appearing in these stories, their ethos is distinctly Texan.

Geyer co-authored with Jerry Craven the alternate history/time travel novel Parallel Hours (Angelina River Press, 2017). 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 other 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 & Prizes

Books:
Lesser Mountains (Lamar University Literary Press, 2019)
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Dancing on Barbed Wire: Texas Stories (Angelina River Press, 2018)
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Parallel Hours (Angelina River Press, 2017)
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Texas 5X5: Twenty-five Stories by Five Texas Writers (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2014)
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A Shared Voice (Lamar University Literary Press, 2013)
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Dixie Fish (Ink Brush Press, 2011)
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Siren Songs from the Heart of Austin (Ink Brush Press, 2010)
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Meeting the Dead (University of New Mexico Press, 2007)
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Whispers in Dust and Bone (Texas Tech University Press, 2003)
Prizes won: 

Texas Bound Reading Series, Arts & Letters Live, Dallas Museum of Art, Featured Fiction Writer, 2019, 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

Favorite authors: 
Ernest Hemingway
What I'm reading now: 
This Is How You Lose Her by Juno Diaz, The Golden Apples by Eudora Welty

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Austin
Raised in: 
Frio County, TX
Texas
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Last update: Apr 24, 2019