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Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum is the author of Ghost Gear (Finalist for 2014 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, Finalist for the Colorado Book Award, University of Arkansas Press, 2014), series editor of the Floodgate Poetry Series: Three Chapbooks by Three Poets in a Single Volume (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2014), editor of Warning! Poems May Be Longer Than They Appear: An Anthology of LongISH Poems and Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2012), and founder and managing editor of

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,, and Hayden's Ferry Review among others. 
Andrew holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University - Carbondaleis Acquisitions Editor for Upper Rubber Boot Books, is Founder and Editor of PoemoftheWeek.organd is a contributing-editor for The Southern Indiana Review.  
He is also an award-winning freelance EditorWriting Coach, and instructor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Colorado Boulder.
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,, 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 at SIUC.


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, taught literature courses with Prep Academy, and tutored in subjects from ESL to GRE Math in client's homes across Los Angeles.
In 2011, Andrew and Lisa moved to Denver, Colorado where Andrew holds Adjunct Professorships in Creative Writing and English at the University of Colorado BoulderMetro State University of Denver, the Community College of Denver, and CCCOnline. Andrew is also a freelance Editor and Writing Coach, Acquisitions Editor for Upper Rubber Boot Books, and a Contributing Editor for The Southern Indiana Review.
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