The Poetry Break: Maggie Anderson

May 19, 2016

Maggie Anderson

This month's Poetry Break features the work of Maggie Anderson.

"Maggie Anderson is that rare gift [to all writers] in that she is held in equal esteem as not only a superlative poet but a superlative teacher," said March Harshman.  "Professor Emerita and past Director of the Wick Poetry Program at Kent State University, she is the author of many highly acclaimed volumes of poetry."

Anderson's honors included two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as grants from the MacDowell Colony and an Isabella Gardner fellowship.  

"Although a widely traveled poet possessing poems of great sophistication and craft," said Harshman, "her work is rarely far from her family roots in West Virginia either in sensibility or specific setting."

Featured Poems:

  • Spitting in the Leaves
  • Related to Sky
  • The Thing You Must Remember
  • Report from Here

These poems are from the book Windfall: New and Selected Poems by Maggie Anderson, 2000. Used by permission of the University of Pittsburgh Press.