Andrew Bales

Pop culture commentator

Andrew Bales is a Wichita native, co-editor of Fractions Journal and lead coordinator of Wichita’s annual LIV Music Festival. He is studying toward an MFA in Creative Writing at WSU, where he was the 2009-2010 Barr fellow.

He has presented at national conferences on subjects including pop culture and aesthetics, as well as pedagogy and post-contemporary genres.

His writing can be found in editions of NANO Fiction, Touchstone, Johnny America and Fast Forward: an Anthology of Flash Fiction.

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8:00 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Into It: American Ice Queen

This independence day week, amidst the fireworks and patriotic songs, I’d like to remember a fading American icon: Tonya Harding. Best known for her plot to hire goons to club the legs of rival figure-skater Nancy Kerrigan, she has since become a symbol of blue collar ingenuity.

After narrowly avoiding prison, Tonya set out to reclaim her fame in a series of failed publicity stunts.

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