Nin Andrews

Born: 1958

Ohio connection: Resident


Nin Andrews grew up on a farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her B.A. in 1980 from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and her MFA in 1995 from Vermont College. In 1982, she married Jim Andrews.

Nin Andrews’ work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. She is a contributor of poetry to The Best American Poetry, 1997, edited by James Tate, and The Best American Poetry, 2003, edited by Yusef Komunyakaa. She has also been a contributor of poetry to Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 1994, Andrews published the chapbook The Book of Orgasms, a book of prose poems (reprinted 2000 and 2003) that has become a cult classic. She is the editor of Someone Wants to Steal My Name (2003), a book of translations of the Belgian poet Henri Michaux. Andrews’ poetry collections include Spontaneous Breasts (1998), Any Kind of Excuse (2003), Why They Grow Wings (2001), Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane (2005), Sleeping with Houdini: Poems (2007), Dear Professor, Do You Live in a Vacuum? (2008), Southern Comfort (2009), Why God Is a Woman (2015), Our Lady of the Orgasm (2016), Miss August (2017), and The Last Orgasm (2020).

A resident of Poland, Ohio, for a number of years, Nin Andrews currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ohio Arts Council grants, 1998, 2004; Gerald Cable Award, Silverfish Review Press, 2001, for Why They Grow Wings. Winner of the Pearl Chapbook Contest, the Kent State University chapbook contest for Any Kind of Excuse.

Additional Resources
Nin Andrews Learn more about Nin Andrews at her personal website. Explore links to more of her work: “Reviews and Interviews with Nin”; “Comics Archive”; “Works Published Online”; “Interviews by Nin.”