Andrew Najberg is the author of the collection of poems The Goats Have Taken Over the Barracks (Finishing Line Press, 2021) and the chapbook of poems Easy to Lose (Finishing Line Press 2007). His novel Gollitok is forthcoming through Cactus Moon Press.
Though my poems have a wide range of influences including Kathleen Driskell, Jack Gilbert, Stan Rice, Dorianne Laux, Emily Dickinson, Tomas Morin, Federico Garcia Lorca, Seth Michelson, Debra Kang Dean, Molly Peacock, Greg Pape and many more, I would say my single greatest debt is to the late Art Smith whose collections The Late World and The Fortunate Era I regard as among the finest collections among the last fifty years.
My poetry has appeared in dozens of literary journals in print and online. Most recently, I appeared in the June 2022 issue of North American Review and the Winter issues of Asheville Poetry Review and Good River Review, and in April, my poem "Fighting Fermi" won grand prize in the Brain Mills Press National Poetry Month Competition.
The poem on the Brain Mills Press site: http://bmpvoices.com/author/mainbrainbrainmillpress-com/
A reading of the poem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVlTWaqVYlM
In addition, my poems have appeared in places such as Cimarron Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Yemassee, Louisville Review, Bat City Review and many more. I received an AWP Intro Award for my poem The Goats Have Taken Over the Barracks in 2010.
My short fiction has been inspired by a wide array of authors. However, my most immediate influences include Aimee Bender, Haruki Murakami, George Saunders, Michael Knight, Jeff Vandermeer, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Yoko Ogawa, and Sayaka Murata. At the same time, my interests in fiction are also steeped in classic authors, especially in the realms of science fiction, horror, and fantasy, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Hawthorne, Poe, Clarke, Asimov, Tolkien, and many others.
My short fiction ranges from the absurd, surreal, and magical real to science/speculative fiction and horror. My first published piece of short fiction appeared in Fleas on the Dog in March 2021 and many more since including The Wondrous Real, Psychopomp Magazine, Prose Online, Utopia Science Fiction, Symposeum and more.
It is my hope that in the near future I will have a collection of short stories emerging.
A reading of "Table For Two" which initially appeared in The Wondrous Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB0A2bSyINY&t=3s
"Table for Two" is also forthcoming as a short film, created by Geek Prophecy Productions.
Currently, I'm serving as a senior editor at Symposeum Magazine and the co-editor of Poetry Miscellany. In addition, I served as an editorial assistant for The Showbear Family Circus for their closing issue.
I have been teaching at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for 16 years now. I started back in 2006, fresh out of my first masters program. I did not anticipate at the time that I would stay - instead believing that after I completed my MFA I would seek a position elsewhere.
However, within my first couple years, I was struck by the level of excellence among my colleagues and the quality of the department - and as a result, I have continued to make my home here. In that time, I've taught over a hundred sections including courses in post world war II Japanese literature, upper level fiction and poetry workshops, Traditions in Creative Non-Fiction, Intro to Creative Writing, and more.
I am married to the incredible Amber Najberg, an inspiring woman who leaves my life full of laughter. We live with our children outside Chattanooga, TN. On the side, I periodically pursue art (pastels and pen and ink mostly) and I enjoy playing the drums badly.