Official Website of Andréa Fekete
poet & author of the book
Waters Run Wild: a novel of the WV Coal Mine Wars
IN THE PRESS
"Fekete's fiction marks the place where nature and human suffering meet, the voices of coal dust and rain joining with the general chorus of hard-pressed characters to create some of the most memorable mountain music this side of Lee Smith."
author of The Bones of Garbo, winner of William Goyen Award for Fiction
"Andréa Fekete has one of the sharpest ears and most deft hands at re-creating Appalachian dialect I have ever seen."
author of Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley, Winner of Weatherford Prize Award 2007
"Waters Run Wild is beautifully written. The prose here sings with a poet's careful touch. Though the topics are as blunt as a baseball bat to the skull, the language never suggests such force. In fact, the narrative's nature, a predominantly woman's tale, seems to welcome Fekete's gentle hand."
American Book Review
Andréa Fekete has mostly left the social-media matrix. Her literary novel of the historical coal mine wars, Waters Run Wild, (2018) explores women's & immigrant life in the coal camps of West Virginia. She has two poetry chapbooks, I Held a Morning (2012) and Dear Lovely (2020). Her poetry & fiction appear in many journals & anthologies such as Chiron Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Kentucky Review, The Montucky Review, The Smithville Journal, The Adirondack Review, ABZ, and in anthologies such as Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction & Poetry from West Virginia, among many others. She & Lara Lillibridge co-curated Feminine Rising: Voices of Power & Invisibility (2019) a collection of poetry & essays from 70 award-winning & emerging women writers from around the globe. The book took the Silver in Foreword Review's Indie Book of the Year in Women's Studies. An excerpt from her unpublished novel Native Trees was a finalist in Still: The Journal's 2019 Fiction contest. She was awarded a Fellowship from the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for the Arts to take residency at the internationally renowned Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She taught college English & writing for almost 15 years at multiple universities in West Virginia, Kentucky & Ohio where she was student-nominated for teaching excellence awards. She misses teaching even though they pay adjuncts in peanuts...well, peanut shells.
She is founder of Guest Room Press & editor of Guest Room Journal. She serves as manuscript consultant for adult commercial & literary fiction, offers private writing instruction, public speaking lessons, & motivational coaching. She currently seeks literary representation for her two newest unpublished novels.
Photo Credit: Rafaél Barker Photography 2019