Andrew Bales is a PhD student in the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati. His fiction has appeared in Tin House online, Gargoyle, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Juked, Passages North, New Delta Review, and other places. He has received awards from Glimmer Train and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He’s a former associate editor at NANO Fiction and now serves as the digital editor of American Short Fiction.
Andrew develops software that provides public services. American Lynching received 2nd place in the National Endowment for the Humanities Chronicling America Data Challenge. This project offers new connections between newspaper records and a variety of lynching data. In Cincinnati, he developed a citizen complaints tool that visualizes Cincinnati Police Department complaint data by race, gender, and neighborhood. Follow his latest coding projects [here].
He holds an MFA from Wichita State University, where he helped establish the online literary journal Mojo. Before that, he co-founded the arts publication Fractions Journal, hosting its local readings and producing an independent music program called Forward Slashes. Along with a small and dedicated crew, he also created LIV Fest, an annual two-day arts and music festival. His radio segment Into It aired regularly on NPR affiliate station 89.1 KMUW for a number of years and continues to be rebroadcasted nationally through PRX.