His poems, reviews, interviews, and podcasts have appeared in journals such as The Writer's Chronicle, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Glimmer Train, American Literary Review, The
Spoon River Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, storySouth, Blackbird, InsideHigherEd.com, and Hayden's Ferry Review among others.
Born and raised in Nashville,
Tennessee, he received an Honors Degree in English from Virginia Tech in 2003 and spent several years thereafter traveling the country while working as a political organizer, chef, lanscaper,
and solar installer along the way. He married his
wife, Lisa, in 2006 and moved to Carbondale, Illinois that same year to attend the Masters of Fine Arts Program at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. In his three years at SIUC, Andrew completed one manuscript of poems (Ghost Gear) and began work on another while founding his website, PoemoftheWeek.org, in 2007, and The Little Grassy Literary Festival, which brings contemporary writers such as Robert Wrigley, Rick Bass, Carolyn Forche, and Joe Meno to SIUC each Spring, in
2008. He also served as Assistant Editor of The Crab Orchard Review, as Director of the Saluki Writers' Project, and as Assistant Director of The Southern Illinois Young Writers' Workshop. In 2009, he received the Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year Award from the English and Writing Studies Departments
Andrew was awarded his MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry that same year and
relocated with his wife to Los Angeles, California where he spent a year as a Research Assistant in a neurogenetics lab at
the Zilkha Neurogenetics Institute at the University of Southern California. He left the lab in 2010 for an Adjunct Professorships at Pepperdine University and Pacific States University. He also ran a creative writing workshop out of his home with LAwritersgroup.com, taught literature courses with Prep Academy, and tutored in subjects from ESL to GRE Math in client's homes across Los Angeles.
Check out his teacher ratings at
RateMyProfessors.com here, and please feel free to contact him anytime via email at AndrewMK@AndrewMK.com.