Andrea Lynn's writing is activated by an eccentric curiosity that collects ideas and details. The training and temperament of a journalist, her natural inquisitiveness is concentrated on exploration of the human capacity to remember and to forget.
Andrea designs and teaches contemplative culture and society courses, as well as journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University.
When she is not teaching, Andrea's applied journalism endeavors are focused on shining the light on social injustices. She has extensive technical writing experience and writes often to preserve aspects of a vanishing nature.
A recipient of The Arctic Circle 2020 Expeditionary Residency, Andrea is marrying the scientific method to her work in literary arts. Thanks to this opportunity she embarks on a quest to determine if it is possible to utilize vibration to teach refrigerators to sing in order to reduce the detrimental super greenhouse gases refrigerants emit, and, she hypothesizes, to lift the world’s happiness as measured on the “World Happiness Report,” produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, by muting and transforming mechanical noise (unnaturally occurring sound).
Andrea is interested to understand if answers to questions based on her proposed research about sound and noise can be parlayed into effective messaging about the climate crisis.
Andrea’s fascination with the concept of memory drives her inquiry into social media’s impact on the human brain and relationship building in the twenty-first century. Andrea deleted her social media presence a decade ago and has been captivated by the associated research ever since. She interrogates realities that are social media-free in the age of social media. Like many, Andrea posits that more than any other media form in recorded history, social media has the ability to shape daily realities as human beings live in acute relationship with one another. Andrea’s body of work in this arena involves extensive interviews with adults who made decisions to delete their social media accounts (some followed through while others could not). What are the psychological impacts of living and working from the fringe? How are relationships nurtured without one-to-many communications tethers?
Andrea earned her bachelor’s degree from Truman State University, and her Master of Fine Arts in writing and consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has held executive level positions in both the journalism and business divisions of several media companies, from managing editor of a large, converged newsroom to steering a media company's innovation team to drive strategic change initiatives. Her roots in newspapers, Andrea began her career as a cub reporter on the streets of Kansas City and remains enthralled with the essential role of journalism in a free society.
For Andrea, writing is a pathway to what's around her; storytelling in all its forms the preservation of the eternal pieces of us all. She pursues the art of the written word to express the universality of humanity’s inner world. Her essays, poems, and short stories seek out the inherent spirituality of human life.
On May 27, 2020 NPR's poet-in-residence, Kwame Alexander, shared the poem, 'Running for Your Life,' a community poem for Ahmaud Arbery. The poem had hardly been complete when another horrific tragedy demanded the world stare squarely again into the face of injustice: the death of George Floyd.
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 has been awarded to Austrian Author
And finally, The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 was awarded to the Polish author, Olga Tokarczuk.
It's time to revisit the splendor of Beloved as the world bids farewell to the incandescent Toni Morrison, the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Nobel prize in literature 2018 is cancelled, and the circumstances surrounding the decision to postpone the award are mired in the complicated global perception of right and wrong. The Swedish Academy announced there will be two laureates in 2019.
The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced, and the prize for Fiction was awarded to Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown and Company). What a beautiful, worthwhile read - substantial.
Where would we be without artists like those who occupy the pages of Mission At Tenth, the peaceful torchbearers relentlessly insisting on social change? Spending time in the pages of this literary journal feels like a road map for the intellect - and for the heart.
Have you read Megan Hunter's, The End We Start From? Dystopian Fiction, this felt real - insightful. The world into which the author wraps her characters is so fantastical that the story demands the reader constantly check what she knows about reality. Getting lost in this story is a delicious way to spend an afternoon.
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2017 is… YOUTHQUAKE! The noun is defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people." Oxford editors collected mounds of data to arrive at their decision. Why did this word spark in our collective conscience in 2017, and what does it indicate for the year ahead?
The Man Booker Prize 2017 winner is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. It delightfully breaks all the structure rules!
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