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General Information

Name:  Andrea Witzke Slot  

Pen Name: Andrea Witzke Leavey in publications prior to 2011

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry


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Witzke Slot divides her time between Chicago and London. She has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Andrea Witzke Slot earned her PhD and M.A. Studies in Literature from the University of Texas at Dallas. She also received a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of Hertfordshire, U.K. and a B.A. in English Literature, from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The author of the poetry collection ''To Find a New Beauty,'' her work has been published widely, including in ''Bellevue Literary Review'', ''The Adirondack Review'', ''Tupelo Quarterly'', ''Poetry East'', ''Measure'', ''Mezzo Cammin'', ''Southeast Review'', ''Mid-American Review'', ''Nimrod'', ''SRPR'', ''Crab Orchard Review'', and ''The Chronicle of Higher Education.'' Her essays on the poetry of Julia Alvarez and Harryette Mullen have been included in academic books published by SUNY Press (2013) and Palgrave Macmillan (2014). Previously, an associate editor at Rhino Poetry as well as the book review editor for Fifth Wednesday, Witzke Slot has also been a judge in the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition offered by the Illinois Center for the Book.After teaching for many years (primary level in the UK and college/university level in the U.S. after receiving her PhD), Andrea now writes full time.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

To find a new beauty
ISBN: 0983700133

Gold Wake Press. 2012

Poetry. "Andrea Witzke Slot's TO FIND A NEW BEAUTY is rich with cool, intelligent and carefully crafted poems that often have a subtext of terror and darkness. She uses a variety of personae—Penelope, Eurydice, Io, the nymph on Keats's Grecian urn, a woman who marries her sister's widower and others—in land- [and sea-] scapes that are powerful personae too in these poems."— Marge Piercy

"In the background of Andrea Witzke Slot's TO FIND A NEW BEAUTY glimmers the controlling metaphor of the Biblical garden in the foreground is the body's desire, longing that reveals itself in tensions that roil between origin and some possible, almost imaginable, end point.... The speaker's restless eye keeps catching upon images from the landscape that suggest to her what alternative garden might still be created by human hands. What lay between Alpha and Omega are transience, uncertainty and shifting tides. This is a volume of poetry, then, celebrating animation, celebrating pilgrimage not so much in its common religious or secular senses, but rather in a qualified archetypal sense that is, these poems trace the human quest to recover the sacred via the potential transformative powers inherent in human agency."— John Hoppenthaler

"How have you been haunted? TO FIND A NEW BEAUTY, Andrea Witzke Slot's first book of poems enumerates the many ways that elegy, witnessing, and the dead haunt the living. With elegies that at once celebrate the dead and long for their touch, TO FIND A NEW BEAUTY is interested in just that—finding a beauty in the refuse, in what is left, in the hulking remains of grief. Quite simply, the moan of the dead haunts the reader. Through an intense intimacy, Slot's poems touch the reader 'like a ghost whose white dress whispers over the sheets of your bed.' Be prepared to be touched."—Roger Reeves

"Slot's work stands equal with that of Snyder and Oliver. With bewitching language, she pulls the reader into a gentle current of rolling imagery. Suspended within the flow of these pages, I was carried to a place of calm reflection."— L. M. Browning


  • Fiction International's 2015 Short Short Fiction Prize

  • Able Muse's 2015 Write Prize in Fiction contest

    She has also been a finalist, runner-up, and honorable mention in a number of writing awards.

    Speaking Engagements

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    Her book-length fiction and creative non-fiction is represented by Stephanie Sinclair at Transatlantic.