Andrew Geyer’s new novel, Dixie Fish, was published by Ink Brush Press in 2011. The novel tells the story of Walt Whitman Woodcock, a Southwest Texas ranch boy who comes to Columbia, SC, with a seven-point plan for achieving true bliss. Armed with a phonographic memory–everything he hears, he remembers–a job waiting tables at the Dixie Fish, and a fraudulent admission to graduate school, W.W.W. sets about the task of creating nirvana in the capital of South Carolina.
Geyer’s second story cycle, Siren Songs from the Heart of Austin, was published by Ink Brush Press in 2010. Siren Songs from the Heart of Austin does new and vibrant things with narrative and voice. The twenty-two first person pieces interconnect through setting, recurring characters, common themes, shared imagery, and intertwined plots. Aqua Vitae Cafe, in turn of the millennium Austin, is the central connection; but the settings range from Austin to New Mexico to Guatemala and Honduras.
Geyer’s first novel, Meeting the Dead, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2007. Set on a plantation in northern Peru, against the backdrop of El Niño and the resulting storms and floods, Meeting the Dead tells the story of two young Americans who get caught up in a blood feud between two powerful Peruvian families.
Geyer’s debut story cycle, Whispers in Dust and Bone, was recognized as one of four finalists for the John Gardner Fiction Award for 2003. Geyer’s book was selected from 400 works of fiction published in the previous year. “Second Coming,” one of the stories in the collection, received the 2004 Spur Award as the best story published in 2003 using settings, characters, conditions, or customs indigenous to the American West. To view a video of Geyer discussing two stories from the collection–“Trust Jesus” and “Second Coming”–click here.