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Welcome: A Biography

Andrew C. Gottlieb's writing—book reviews, essays, fiction, interviews, memoir, and poetry—has appeared in many literary journals and online magazines including the American Literary Review, Arts & Letters, Bellevue Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Best New Poets 2013, DIAGRAM, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, Flyfish Journal, ISLE, Mississippi Review, Orion, Poets & Writers, Provincetown Arts, Salon.com, saltfront, Sierra Nevada Review, Sugar House Review, and Tampa Review.


His first full-length collection of poems, Tales of a Distance, came out in 2022, and he's the author of two chapbooks of poems, Flow Variations, Finishing Line Press 2017, and Halflives, published by New Michigan Press in 2005. 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 May Swenson Poetry Award, Vasser Miller Poetry Prize, Del Sol Press Book Award, Philip Levine Book Prize, Barry Spacks Prize, and the 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’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 six different, often wilderness, locations: Denali National Park, Everglades National Park, the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Isle Royale National Park, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Montana Artists Refuge.

Born in Ontario, Canada, he 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 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. He's currently on the editorial board for Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments and was the Reviews Editor for five years, writing reviews and managing the book review schedule for the online magazine.