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Andrea Witzke Slot

Pen Name: Andrea Witzke Leavey in publications prior to 2011

Connection to Illinois: Witzke Slot taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While in Chicago, she was also an associate editor at Rhino Poetry as well as the book review editor for Fifth Wednesday.

Biography: Andrea Witzke Slot is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. ?After teaching for many years (primary school in the UK, community college in Texas, and at the University of Illinois at Chicago after earning her PhD), Andrea now lives in London where she is a contributing artist with Fiona Lesley's Poetry Exchange and works daily to capture the unexpected beauty of humanity and nature in words, paints, piano and photography. Her publications include To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press 2012), a poetry collection inspired by H.D.'s Sea Garden poems and The Ministry of Flowers, a poetry collection that explores how flowers, both real and metaphorical, can provide their own kind of ministry, offering hope and inspiring kindness in our pandemic-changed world. Her fiction has won prizes with Able Muse and Fiction International, while over a dozen of her poems, short stories, and a novel manuscript have placed in competitions in both the US and the UK. Her work can be found in such journals as Stand Magazine, Ambit, American Literary Review, Bellevue Review, Acumen, Under the Radar and The American Literary Review, among many others.

  • -- Fiction International's Short Short Fiction Prize, 2015
  • -- Able Muse's Write Prize in Fiction, 2015

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

The ministry of flowers /
ISBN: 1912436434 OCLC: 1154084502

To find a new beauty /
ISBN: 0983700133 OCLC: 794553891

Gold Wake Press, Boston, MA : 2012.