Andrew Payton (he, him, his) received an MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University in 2014. His publications include work in Alaska Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Meridian, Masters Review, The Rumpus, Southern Humanities Review, Third Coast, Rattle, and elsewhere. His writing has won the James Hearst Poetry Prize at North American Review, a finalist prize in The Chicago Tribune‘s Nelson Algren Award for short fiction, and was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013. He has received an Emerging Writer Fellowship at Aspen Summer Words and J. William Fulbright fellowship to the Slovak Republic.
Andrew was born and raised in Landover Hills, Maryland, but has made homes in central Iowa, in the Sierra foothills of California, in southwest Kentucky, in eastern Slovakia, and in central Mexico. He currently lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with his wife, two children, and dog. He works in online education as a learning designer and in climate advocacy as the chair of Climate Action Alliance of the Valley.
He is currently working to complete a poetry collection titled Not My Country.
Contact info: AndrewDPayton (at) gmail (dot) com