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.
Current project: The bones that dream is a story of belonging as told through the eyes Aldo de La Luna, the son of Mexican immigrants living in the United States. In 2011, as Aldo enters the upper echelons of an Ivy League education, he quickly learns that in order to survive he must find his voice while confronting his internal desires. What does that mean for the young, quiet Aldo who pines after his All-American roommate, Sam? As Aldo stumbles through his first year, all while trying to take up space in a world so different to the one he grew up in, he learns that his love for his family, and ultimately himself, will be his guiding light. Love will push him to evolve into a braver version of himself, one that understands how to exist on boths sides of the border.
You follow him on Twitter: @AndresNOrdorica
You can contact him directly via email: anikolas[dot]ordorica [at] gmail [dot] com