D&E to host Maggie Anderson

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College opens its Writers’ Series Tuesday with two free presentations by award-winning author Maggie Anderson.

A poetry writing workshop will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and a poetry reading and book signing will occur from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Booth Library Community Room.

Both events, presented by the Davis & Elkins College Department of English and Communication, are open to the public.

“We are pleased and honored to have Maggie Anderson on campus and in the classroom this week,” says D&E Chair of the Division of Humanities and Professor of English Dr. Bill King. “Not only is she a nationally recognized author and educator, she grew up in the hills of West Virginia and wonderfully evokes the universal through the particular language, people and landscape we know so well. Whether Anderson’s poems place us at the window of a relative’s kitchen facing Laurel Mountain or in a car overlooking a steel mill fogged in by rain, the reader can’t help but recognize something happening in their heart.”

Anderson is the author of several poetry collections, the most recent of which is “Windfall: New and Selected Poems” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000).

More than 40 of her works have been published in poetry journals, including “The American Poetry Review,” “New Letters,” “Prairie Schooner,” “The Georgia Review” and “Hamilton Stone Review.” Her work also has appeared in more than 50 anthologies and textbooks.

Anderson’s poems have been set to music four times by contemporary composers, including “The Dream Vegetables” in “Dreams and Nocturnes: Chamber Music of Stephen Gryc;” “In Singing Weather” by Monica Houghton; “Nightmare” by Anne LeBaron; and “Related to the Sky” from “Sun Songs and Nocturnes” by John David Earnest, an a cappella piece for male chorus performed at Lincoln Center in 1992 by Chanticleer and the New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra.

Anderson has earned many accolades for her writing including Best Small Press Books of 1979 by the American Library Association for “The Great Horned Owl” and Pushcart Prize Honorable Mention in 1993 and 1994. She also is the recipient of numerous fellowships including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, West Virginia Commission on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, Ohio Arts Council Fellowship and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship.

In addition to her writing career, Anderson has worked as an educator, counselor and poetry translator.

In 1989, Anderson began teaching creative writing at Kent State University. She was appointed coordinator of the Wick Poetry Program in 1992, and named director in 2004. Upon her retirement from KSU in 2009, the Maggie Anderson Endowment Fund was established in her honor.

Anderson graduated from West Virginia University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in English (Creative Writing) in 1973, and a Master of Social Work in 1977, also from WVU.

Davis & Elkins College has hosted various authors in previous Writers’ Series including Silas House, Irene McKinney, Gwen Rubio, Mark Nowak, Jim Clark, Lynnell Edwards and Karen McElmurray.

The Davis & Elkins College English program provides its majors with a comprehensive understanding of their literary heritage and strong composition skills. Writing-intensive courses balance surveys of genre and period with opportunities to emphasize individual writers or topics. The College offers a baccalaureate program, as well as a minor, in English. Students also have the option of pursuing a minor in Communication. The program is designed to blend theories of human communication with concrete applications across a variety of spheres of human interaction, ranging from the personal, to the business, public and technical arenas.