Episode 35: Doug Anderson

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Melissa Studdard interviews award-winning poet, memoirist, playwright, and professor, Doug Anderson. Anderson is the author of the poetry collections, The Moon Reflected Fire and Blues for Unemployed Secret Policeas well as the play, Short Timers, and the memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery. His awards include a Pushcart Prize and a Kate Tufts Discovery Award, in addition to grants and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Poets & Writers, National Endowment for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony.

Anderson currently teaches for Smith College, Emerson College, and the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Its Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, the Connecticut Review, The Massachusetts Review, Virginia Quarterly, The Southern Review, Field,The Autumn House Anthology of American Poetry, and Contemporary American War Poetry.

Of Anderson’s work, Martin Espada states, “He is one of the bravest poets I know, utterly uncompromising. His language brims with compassion, rage, tenderness and pain … Anderson is cursed and blessed with memory, and his considerable poetic gift assures that we won’t forget, either.”

 

For more information on Doug Anderson please visit his Amazon Author page.

 

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