About the author

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Andrés N. Ordorica is a queer Latinx poet, writer, and educator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Drawing on his experiences of growing up in a transient immigrant family, he creates worlds filled with characters who are from neither here nor there (ni de aquí, ni de allá). His writing has been featured in Confluence Medway, The Acentos Review, 404 Ink Magazine, Publishing Scotland, and Gutter. He has also been anthologised in Ceremony (Tapsalteerie Press), We Were Always Here (404 Ink), The Centenary Collection (Speculative Books), and Crossing Lines (Broken Sleep Books). His non-fiction has been published by The Skinny, The Guardian, Fringe of Colour, and Somewhere: For Us.

His writing often addresses themes of queerness, liminality, loss, love, and concepts of belonging. He has published personal essays and articles on mental health, sexuality, and immigration.

His debut poetry collection, At Least This I Know, will be published January 2022 with 404 Ink. You can pre-order his collection here.

Some accomplishments of note:

  • Graduate of MA Writing for Stage & Broadcast Media, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, 2012.
  • Winner of the Bloomsbury Short Story Slam, Bloomsbury Festival, 2016.
  • Shortlisted as a ‘highly commended writer’ for Spread The Word’s City of Stories, 2017.
  • Has been awarded poetry commissions through The Courtauld Institute of Art (2018, 2020) and Summerhall (2020).
  • Selected into BBC Words First by BBC Radio 1, BBC Asian Network, and BBC Contains Strong Language, 2020.
  • Recipient of the Edwin Morgan Trust’s Second Life Grant, 2020. You are invited to explore his project 3 Poems after Edwin Morgan.
  • Shortlisted for the 2021 Mo Siewcharran Prize for an unpublished debut novel.

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.

You can follow him on Twitter: @AndresNOrdorica