About the author:
Andrés N. Ordorica is a queer Latinx writer and educator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He creates worlds with characters who are from neither here nor there (ni de aquí, ni de allá). His fiction has been featured in Confluence Medway, The Acentos Review, 404 ink Magazine. His work has been anthologised in Ceremony published by Tapsalteerie Press, We Were Always Here published by 404 ink, and The Colour of Madness published by Stirling Publishing. His non-fiction has been published by The Skinny, Bella Caledonia, Medium and The Irish Independent.
His writing often addresses themes of liminality, loss, love and concepts of belonging. He has published articles on mental health, sexuality and UK politics.
He is the winner of the 2016 Bloomsbury Short Story Slam and was shortlisted as a “highly commended writer” in 2017 for Spread The Word’s City of Stories competition. He was subsequently published in an anthology with both winners and commended writers from across London. In 2019, he served as a judge for the Saltire Literary First Book Award with The Saltire Society.
Andrés spent his formative years leading a nomadic life across the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Memories of this unique upbringing are dotted about throughout his stories and poetry.
In 2012, Andrés completed an MA Writing for Stage & Broadcast Media at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. While living in London, he began to explore other forms of writing and soon became enraptured with prose writing.
In a writing workshop, Roddy Doyle once called Andrés’ writing “beautiful” and “atmospheric.” He has held onto the that compliment during the highs and lows of the writing process to remind himself to keep going!
He has worked as a creative practitioner for The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (San Antonio, Texas) and Fighting Words (Dublin, Ireland). He led workshops and arts programmes for young people to promote engagement and creative writing. He has also worked as a theatre reviewer for What’s On The Fringe and A Younger Theatre.
He serves as a trustee and board member for Artlink Edinburgh. He is passionate about advocating for increased opportunities for marginalised communities to engage with the creatives arts. In addition, he serves on the committee for The Scottish BAME Writers Network.
Currently, he is working on his first collection of short stories. His collection explores queer acceptance, love, marriage, faith, masculinity and cultural identity.
You follow him on Twitter: @AndresNOrdorica
You can contact him directly via email: anikolas[dot]ordorica [at] gmail [dot] com