About the author:
Andrés N. Ordorica is a writer and educator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a writer, he aspires to create liminal worlds filled with characters who are from neither here nor there (ni de aquí, ni de allá). His work has been published in literary magazines, online journals, print publications and newspapers. He has performed his work for audiences in the US, Ireland and the UK. His plays have been performed in the US and UK.
His creative writing addresses themes of immigration, sexuality, mental health and experiences of people of colour, specifically Latinx and Latinx-American people. 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.
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.
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