Andrew Bannister '09
Born and raised in Buffalo's Old First Ward, Andrew Bannister '09 earned an associates degree in communications & media arts from Niagara County Community College, where he received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. He came to understand writing much better working as the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Spirit. His influences range from Sharon Olds, Raymond Carver, and William Carlos Williams, to William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and T. S. Eliot. He began at Canisius as a junior, tried a creative writing class, and thoroughly enjoyed it. He found that the techniques learned in creative classes, along with supplemental guidance from faculty, dislodged many of the impediments that stifled his previous attempts at writing. At Canisius, he believes, the emphasis is on the craft of writing: the only way to elevate our work is through practice-we write and revise, write and revise, and through this exploring, develop our abilities and channel our creativity. He is currently building sentences and looking forward to sharing them.