Andrew Porter is the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Trinity, where he also teaches courses in Fiction Writing. He is the author of two books, the short story collection, The Theory of Light and Matter (Vintage/Random House), which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel, In Between Days (Alfred A. Knopf), which was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection and an IndieBound “Indie Next” selection. Foreign editions and translations of Porter’s books have been published in the United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Korea, Bulgaria and Australia.
In addition to winning the Flannery O’Connor Award, his collection, The Theory of Light and Matter, received Foreword Magazine’s “Book of the Year” Award for Short Fiction, was a finalist for The Steven Turner Award, The Paterson Prize and The WLT Book Award, was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and was selected by both The Kansas City Star and The San Antonio Express-News as one of the “Best Books of the Year.” His short stories have appeared in One Story, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, Epoch, Narrative Magazine, Prairie Schooner, and The Pushcart Prize XXXII, among others. He has had his work read on NPR’s Selected Shorts and selected as one of the Distinguished Stories of the Year by Best American Short Stories. In 2010, Porter received the Trinity University Junior Faculty Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research.
M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
B.A., Vassar College
In Between Days (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012)
The Theory of Light and Matter (Vintage/Random House, 2010)
Advanced Fiction Writing
Linked Short Stories
Honors & Awards
Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction
W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts
James Michener/Copernicus Society of America Fellowship
Community service & Involvement
Porter has taught for the local literary organization Gemini Ink and contributed to The San Antonio Express-News and Texas Public Radio. In addition to introducing and directing the Minor in Creative Writing [link here to English Department Minors page : https://cosb.trinity.edu/engl#minor-creative] at Trinity, he has served as a member of The Stieren Arts Enrichment Series Committee, The Trinity Review Committee, The Expositor Committee, the Lecturers and Visiting Scholars Committee, the Stieren Arts in America Interdisciplinary Committee, The Campus Board of Publication,s and the Editorial Board of the Trinity University Press.