In Andy Mozina’s debut novel, Contrary Motion (Spiegel & Grau/Random House), a divorced concert harpist is still chasing his dream of being an orchestra player as his life comes apart .
Mozina grew up in Brookfield, Wisc., a suburb of Milwaukee. He studied economics at Northwestern University and later attended Harvard Law School for a year. He earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Boston University. He moved to St. Louis where he completed a doctorate in English literature at Washington University. Finally, after graduate school, he moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1999 to teach literature and creative writing at Kalamazoo College.
Mozina’s first collection, The Women Were Leaving the Men (2007, Wayne State University Press), is the winner of the 2008 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Fiction and a 2008 finalist for the Glasgow/Shenandoah Prize for Emerging Writers. His second collection, Quality Snacks, was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor short fiction prize and other awards (2014, Wayne State University Press). He is also the author of Joseph Conrad and the Art of Sacrifice (2001, Routledge).
Mozina has published fiction in Tin House, Ecotone, Fence, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review and elsewhere. His work has received special citations in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, and New Stories from the Midwest. He has been interviewed about his work on public radio stations in Kalamazoo and Milwaukee.
Mozina lives in Michigan with his wife, Lorri, and daughter, Madeleine.