Andrew Bales is a PhD candidate in the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, Electric Literature, Gargoyle, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Juked, Passages North, New Delta Review, and other publications. He has received the Mississippi Review Prize in Fiction, awards from Glimmer Train, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He’s a former associate editor of NANO Fiction and 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 archival newspapers and 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. He was also a co-founder of LIV Fest, an annual two-day arts and music festival. His award-winning radio segment Into It aired regularly on NPR affiliate station 89.1 KMUW for several years and continues to be rebroadcasted nationally through PRX.