Andrew Nash Gifford

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Born1974 (age 49–50)
Washington, D.C.
CitizenshipUnited States Of America
EducationBethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Davis & Elkins College
RelativesJohn Nash Gifford ( Grandfather)

Andrew Nash Gifford (born 1974) is an American publisher born in Washington, D.C.. He is most known for founding Santa Fe Writers Project (SFWP), a highly respected Small press[1]. Gifford is also the author of the memoir We All Scream that details his family story; Gifford is the grandson of John Nash Gifford, the founder of Gifford's Ice Cream & Candy Co.[2]

Early Life

The son of a prominent Washington, D.C. area family, Andrew Gifford was the heir to the Gifford's Ice Cream & Candy Co. empire before his father, Robert Gifford destroyed the business with a faulty franchising scheme. Robert Gifford disappeared in the wake of bankruptcy proceedings. Andrew Gifford's mother, Barbara, was fanatically religious and fascinated by Charles Manson. Both parents were alcoholic, and the household was abusive.[3]

Entrance into Publishing

Inspired by zine culture, and in particular Pagan Kennedy, in 1989 Gifford founded his first publishing company, Purple Publications, which had to be shut down while Gifford was in college and struggling with Trigeminal neuralgia. He went on to be an editor of Associated Press wires and a developmental editor at the American Psychological Association; however, during this period, Gifford was depressed. During a trip to visit family in Santa Fe, New Mexico his uncle, the writer Richard Currey encouraged him to get back into publishing. In 1998, Gifford founded Santa Fe Writers Project (SFWP).[4]

Success as a Publisher

As of 2018, Gifford's publishing company Santa Fe Writers Project (SFWP) had been continuously operating for twenty years. [5]


  1. Grieco, Hannah. "Six Local Indie Presses You Should Know". Washington City Paper. Washington City Paper. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  2. Powers, Ashley. "Story Behind the Gifford Family's Ice Cream Empire". Washingtonian. Washingtonian Media Inc. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  3. Kelly, John. "D.C. loved Gifford's ice cream, but for Andrew Gifford, it left a bitter aftertaste". The Washington Post. Washington Post Company. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  4. "Publisher Spotlight: Santa Fe Writers Project". IPG Blog. Independent Publisher Group. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  5. Gifford, Andrew. "Part 4: Peace". Santa Fe Writers Project. SFWP. Retrieved 10 June 2020.

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