Andrea Avery


“Andrea writes like a clever, cunning, confident angel. She’s a natural, and her realness and grace are lovely to behold.”

— Elizabeth Gilbert, Author of Eat, Pray, Love

Summer 2019 Update:
New Short Fiction, Essays, and Other Works!

I’m happy to report that I have been writing new things and sending them out into the world.

I had a short story chosen as a finalist in the Owl Canyon Press Winter 2018 Hackathon Contest. You can read my story, “All Things Hang on Our Possessing,” in the published volume of winners and finalists, called 27 Stories, available for order here. (Incidentally, submissions are now open for the next Hackathon, and the deadline is Sept. 30. Submit here.)

I have an essay in Vol. 2, Issue 1 of Montana Mouthful. The theme was “Clowning Around,” and I wrote about the time I worked as a costumed character for kids’ birthday parties. My essay is called “Party Animals,” and you can read/download the issue here. (Word to the wise: Montana Mouthful is accepting submissions for the next issue (theme: “Schooling”), and the deadline is Aug. 12. Submit here.)

Watch, too, for an erasure poem (“The Person Will Decide for Herself”) that has been accepted to Isobel O’Hare’s Erase the Patriarchy anthology, an essay called “Tatterhood” in Chaleur Press’s “Bespoke Bones” anthology, and … a really special essay called “Great Falls” which the fine folks at Barrelhouse have accepted for publication next spring!

Paperback Edition of Sonata on Its Way!

The paperback version of Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano is slated for August 2018 publication. It will retain the gorgeous cover/book design but be ever so much more travel-friendly. Pre-order it from Amazon now!

Q: Are you working on something new?

I am! I am happily at work on a novel. I was delighted to learn that an excerpt of it was chosen as a finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshops, which meant that I was able to get the work-in-progress workshopped by an author I admire, Ron Hansen. Stay tuned for more!

Q: Do you Still Play Piano?

I am frequently asked if I still play the piano. This is a tough question, as my arthritis is active and unpredictable. In addition to the effects of 30 years of RA (none of my knuckles bend, my right fingers 4 and 5 lack nerve sensation, and my left fingers 3, 4, and 5 do not extend at all), my hands have been through a lot surgically (multiple tendon reconstructions, wrist fusion). Nevertheless, I can do more than nothing. Here are some samples of what my playing looks and sounds like.

November 2017: Performing "Berceuse" from Faure's "Dolly" Suite, Op. 56, with legendary concert pianist Byron Janis at the Arthritis Foundation's 2017 Conference of Champions in Phoenix, Arizona, on Nov. 17, 2017.

July 2017: Playing a snippet of Chopin's Marche Funebre on my piano at home after more than two years away from the keyboard. 

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