Andrew C. Gottlieb was born in Ontario, Canada, and grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Since 1998, he’s lived on the West Coast of the United States, dividing his time between Southern California and the Pacific Northwest. He's currently the Reviews Editor for Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments managing the book review schedule for quarterly issues and the Terrain.org blog.
His writing—book reviews, essays, interviews, fiction, and poetry—has appeared in many literary journals and online magazines including the American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, DIAGRAM, Ecotone, ISLE, Poets & Writers, Provincetown Arts, Salon.com, Sierra Nevada Review, Sugar House Review, and Tampa Review. He’s been awarded grants from the Seattle Arts Commission and the Seattle-based Artist Trust Foundation, has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize, and he's been writer-in-residence at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Isle Royale National Park, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Montana Artists Refuge.
His chapbook of poems, Halflives, was published by New Michigan Press in 2005, and in 2010 he won the 11th American Fiction Prize for his short story "Stickmen." Other manuscripts have been finalists and semi-finalists for awards like the Del Sol Press Book Award, the Philip Levine Book Prize, and New Rivers Press Many Voices Project. Several of his poems have also been used as lyrics and performed internationally in new works by the composer and musician, Rene Mogensen.
He taught composition and short story writing at Iowa State University and at the University of Washington, where he received his MA and MFA in English and creative writing, respectively.