About the author:
Andrés N. Ordorica is a queer Latinx writer and educator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He creates worlds filled with characters who are from neither here nor there (ni de aquí, ni de allá). His fiction has been featured in Confluence Medway, Silk + Smoke, The Acentos Review, 404 ink Magazine, and Gutter. He has also been anthologised in Ceremony (Tapsalteerie Press), We Were Always Here (404 ink), The Centenary Collection (Speculative Books) and The Colour of Madness (Stirling Publishing). His non-fiction has been published by The Skinny, Bella Caledonia, Fringe of Colour, The Irish Independent, and Somewhere: For Us.
His writing often addresses themes of queerness, liminality, loss, love, and concepts of belonging. He has published articles on mental health, sexuality, and immigration.
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. In 2019, he served as a judge for the Saltire Literary First Book Award with The Saltire Society.
In 2020, Andrés was selected to be a part of the BBC Words First spoken word development programme ran by BBC Radio 1, BBC Asian Network, and BBC Contains Strong Language.
In August 2020, Andrés was awarded a grant through Edwin Morgan Trust. He plans to use The Second Life grant to create a poetry film based on three new poems, honouring the legacy of Edwin Morgan: ‘I want my responses to acknowledge my own intersections as a gay immigrant and person of colour living in 21st century Scotland. To ensure identities like mine take up space in the Scottish poetry world.’ He will debut this new poetry film during LGBTQ History Month 2021.
Currently, 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 to his trustee role, he serves as the Programme Manager (Community Development & Events) for The Scottish BAME Writers Network.
In The Places We Will Go, the reader is taken on a journey of self-discovery that spans the United States and Mexico. In 2011 Daniel de La Luna is starting his first year at Cornell University. Where he wrestles with his sexuality, his love for his roommate Sam, and the rigours of an elite institution, learning that to survive he must speak up for himself. But when his friendship with Sam breaks down, Daniel makes a last-minute decision to spend summer break in Mexico where he is propelled further toward discovering his inner voice. This novel is a testament to our innate human need and desire for belonging: “That is what I long for, that is where Daniel de La Luna is heading, to a place of freedom, to where love will keep me safe”. In this novel, love will be what guides Daniel to all the places he goes in this world.
You follow him on Twitter: @AndresNOrdorica
You can contact him directly via email: anikolas[dot]ordorica [at] gmail [dot] com