Mignon Holland Anderson

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Mignon Holland Anderson (born 1945) is an American writer. She writes mainly short stories that focus on African-American life in the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Personal life[edit]

Mignon Holland Anderson was born in Cheriton, Virginia.[1][2] Her parents, Frank and Ruby Holland, owned a funeral home.[2] She attended Fisk University and received her Bachelor of Arts in 1966. In 1970 she graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Fine Arts. She teaches English at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.[1][2] She once served as research assistant to Arna Bontemps.[3]


Anderson writes short stories. Many of her stories take place in the Eastern Shore of Virginia and focus on the lives of African Americans. Her story Mostly Womenfolk and a Man or Two, takes place after the end of Slavery in the United States and focuses on how African-American people started appropriating white culture. Her other story, The End of Dying, also focuses on racism.[1] Anderson has been the recipient of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore President's Teacher of the Year award. She has also been named one of the President's Top Ten Teachers of the Year. She has been the associate editor for the Maryland Review.[2]

Works by Mignon Holland Anderson[edit]

  • The End of Dying. Baltimore: American House (2001).
  • "In the Face of Fire I Will Not Turn Back." Negro Digest: 17 (1968), pp. 20–23.
  • Mostly Womenfolk and a Man or Two: A Collection. Chicago: Third World Press (1976). ISBN 0-88378-075-5.


  1. ^ a b c Yolanda Williams Page. Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 11–12. ISBN 978-0-313-33429-0. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu (2006). Writing African American Women: An Encyclopedia of Literature by and about Women of Color. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 10–11. ISBN 978-0-313-33197-8. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Black World/Negro Digest. Johnson Publishing Company. September 1973. p. 92. Retrieved November 13, 2012.