Doug Anderson (poet)
Doug Anderson (born 1943) is an American poet, fiction writer, and memoirist. His most recent book is a memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery (W.W. Norton, 2009). His honors include grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Poets & Writers, and the MacDowell Colony. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, the Connecticut Review, The Massachusetts Review, Virginia Quarterly, The Southern Review, Field, and The Autumn House Anthology of American Poetry, as well as this year’s Contemporary American War Poetry. He also published a play, Short Timers, which was produced in New York in 1981.
He served in Vietnam as a corpsman with a Marine infantry battalion in 1967. He graduated from the University of Arizona. He worked in the theater, as an actor. He then settled in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he began to write plays and poems in a workshop with Jack Gilbert, and Linda Gregg. Anderson taught at the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Its Social Consequences, Mount Wachusett Community College and at a Massachusetts state prison. He is completing a book called Loose Cantos. In 2010 he began teaching in the Pacific University of Oregon MFA Program. He is currently a lecturer in the Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College, Boston.
Honors and awards
- Pushcart Prize
- NEA grant
- Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship
- 1995 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for The Moon Reflected Fire
Full-length poetry collections
- Bamboo Bridge: Poems. Amherst Writers & Artists Press. 1991. ISBN 978-0-941895-07-1.
- The Moon Reflected Fire. Alice James Books. 1994. ISBN 978-1-882295-03-6.
- Blues for Unemployed Secret Police. Curbstone Press. 2000. ISBN 978-1-880684-70-2.
- Cry Wolf (Azul Editions)
- Lorrie Goldensohn, ed. (2006). "Infantry Assault". American war poetry. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-13310-4.
Memoir Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, The Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery
Blues for Unemployed Secret Police, was praised by Booklist for its “powerful, funny-horrific, brutal-tender poems.”
- UMASS Boston - Faculty Bios - Doug Anderson
- His book, The Moon Reflected Fire, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 1995 The Lumber Yard Journal > 1.5, November 2005 > Doug Anderson (contributor notes)
- The Lumber Yard Journal > 1.5, November 2005 > Doug Anderson (contributor notes)
- Azul Editions > Poetry > Cry Wolf by Doug Anderson
- Biography & Poems: The Poetry Center at Smith College > Featured Reader > Doug Anderson
- Audio: Doug Anderson Reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, August 25, 2001 Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR
- Essay: "Don't Rub Your Eyes". Ploughshares. Spring 2005.
- Poem: The Poetry Foundation > Letter to Martín Espada by Doug Anderson
- Silberberg, Richard (September–October 2000). "New and Noted: Review of Blues for Unemployed Secret Police by Doug Anderson". Poetry Flash (286).