Andy Kantar

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Arts and Sciences Commons 820 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Author's Bio

Andy Kantar is the author of a trilogy of shipwreck books published by Michigan State University Press. They tell the stories of the three largest ships to be lost on the three largest Great Lakes: BLACK NOVEMBER (2006), a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year (YA nonfiction), nominated for the Great Lakes Book Award, and the inspiration for November Requiem (a documentary that aired on PBS); DEADLY VOYAGE (2009), selected for One Book, One County Reads (sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council) and featured at the Great Lakes Folk Festival (Michigan State University); and 29 MISSING (1998), a Read Michigan selection for young adults. His novel, GAME FACE, received the Bronze Medal for the 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. A native of Minneapolis, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and was an English professor and director of the Writing Center at Ferris State University for more than 30 years. Andy and his wife, Fran, have three grown children and live in northern Michigan.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Books:
Deadly Voyage (Michigan State University Press, 2009)
,
Black November (Michigan State University Press, 2006)
,
29 Missing (Michigan State University Press, 1998)

Fiction

Book:
Game Face (Whiskey Creek Press, 2013)
Prizes won: 

GAME FACE won the Bronze Medal for the 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards in Pre-Teen Fiction and was nominated for the 2013 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA) in the children's literature category. His nonfiction has been recognized as a Read Michigan selection for young adults, finalist for ForeWord Book of the Year (YA nonfiction), and nominated for the Great Lakes Book Award. He was awarded a Senior Fulbright Lectureship to the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology in Trondheim (1991-93).

More Information

Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota
Raised in: 
Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota
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Last update: May 04, 2021