Andrew Geyer joined the English Department in the Fall Semester of 2008. He earned a PhD in American Literature from Texas Tech University in 2003, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of South Carolina-Columbia in 1992, and BAs in English and Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988.
Geyer's latest book is the alternate history/time travel novel Parallel Hours, which he co-authored with Jerry Craven. He co-authored the hybrid story cycle Texas 5X5 (2014) with Jerry Craven, Jan Seale, Terry Dalrymple, and Kristin vanNamen. This collection of twenty-five interconnected short stories by five Texas writers, was named a finalist for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award in the Short Stories category, and Geyer's short story "Fingers," the opening story in the collection, won the 2015 Spur Award for Best Short Fiction from the Western Writers of America. He is the co-editor of the composite anthology A Shared Voice (2013). His individually authored books are Dixie Fish (2011), a novel; Siren Songs from the Heart of Austin (2010), a story cycle; Meeting the Dead (2007), a novel; and Whispers in Dust and Bone (2003), a story cycle that won the silver medal for short fiction in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards and a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, he currently serves as Professor and Chair of English at the University of South Carolina Aiken and as fiction editor for Concho River Review.
In 2012 Geyer was named a Breakthrough Rising Star by the University of South Carolina system. This designation is reserved for promising faculty who are engaged in innovative research or creative scholarly pursuits that will likely propel them to the top of their fields. Also in 2012 Geyer was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. Organized in 1936, the Texas Institute of Letters recognizes literary and cultural achievement. Membership is offered to persons associated with Texas who have been nominated by a member, approved by the council, and elected by the active members. Election is permanent. Members of TIL are novelists, poets, essayists, historians, journalists, playwrights, and other writers, but the emphasis has always been on authorship of quality.
Geyer was born in Austin and grew up on a working cattle ranch in Southwest Texas. He lived in Austin again in the 80s and 90s, along with stints in Columbia, South Carolina; Tishomingo, Oklahoma; Lubbock, Texas; Russellville, Arkansas; and Aiken, South Carolina. A lover of the outdoors and an avid runner, Geyer has traveled extensively in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, and North Africa. In his spare time, he likes to paddle rivers, including the many waterways that meander across South Carolina on their way to the sea.