Andrew Porter, M.F.A.

"As a teacher, my main objective is to provide an environment in which students can experiment and grow as writers. It has been my experience that the best writing is produced when students trust one another as critics and feel comfortable enough within the group to take risks with their writing."

- Andrew Porter, M.F.A.

Andrew Porter is the author of the short story collection The Theory of Light and Matter, which won the 2007 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was recently republished in paperback by Vintage/Random House.

Foreign editions of The Theory of Light and Matter have also been published in both the UK and Australia, and will be published in translation in France, The Netherlands, Bulgaria and Korea. In addition to winning the Flannery O'Connor Award, The Theory of Light and Matter also received ForewWord Magazine's 2008 "Book of the Year" Award for Short Fiction, was a finalist for The Steven Turner Award, The Paterson Prize, and The 2009 WLT Book Award, was longlisted for The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, was shortlisted for the William Saroyan Award, and was selected by both The Kansas City Star and The San Antonio Express-News as one of the "Best Books of 2008."

Publications

  • The Theory of Light and Matter (Vintage/Random House, 2010)

Grants and Awards

Andrew Porter is the author of the short story collection The Theory of Light and Matter, which won the 2007 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was recently republished in paperback by Vintage/Random House.

Foreign editions of The Theory of Light and Matter have also been published in both the UK and Australia, and will be published in translation in France, The Netherlands, Bulgaria and Korea. In addition to winning the Flannery O'Connor Award, The Theory of Light and Matter also received ForeWord Magazine's 2008 "Book of the Year" Award for Short Fiction, was a finalist for The Steven Turner Award, The Paterson Prize, and The 2009 WLT Book Award, was longlisted for The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, was shortlisted for the William Saroyan Award, and was selected by both The Kansas City Star and The San Antonio Express-News as one of the "Best Books of 2008."

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Porter has received numerous fellowships and awards for his work, including the 2004 W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts from Vassar College, a James Michener-Paul Engle Fellowship from the James Michener/Copernicus Society of America, The Drake Emerging Writer Award from Drake University, an Iowa Teaching/Writing Fellowship, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship, a Residency Fellowship from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, a Distinguished Junior Faculty Award from Trinity University, an Artist Foundation of San Antonio Award, the Glenna Luschei Award and a Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in One Story, Epoch, The Ontario Review, Prairie Schooner, The Antioch Review, The Threepenny Review and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, among others. He has also had his work read on NPR's "Selected Shorts" and selected as one of the 100 Distinguished Stories of 2007 by Best American Short Stories.

Community Service and Involvement

Porter has taught for the local literary organization Gemini Ink and contributed to The San Antonio Express-News and Texas Public Radio. He is currently the convener of The Trinity Review Committee and The Stieren Committee and has served as a member of The Expositor Committee, the Lecturers and Visiting Scholars Committee, the Stieren Arts in America Interdisciplinary Committee and The Campus Board of Publications. He also designed and introduced the Creative Writing Minor.

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