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, 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 web applications that provide public services. He received 2nd place in the NEH Chronicling America Data Challenge for American Lynching, which for the first time connects newspaper records with a variety of lynching data. His other projects include a tool to compare Citizen Complaints against the Cincinnati Police Department by race, gender, and neighborhood. Follow his 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.