James Anderson

James Anderson

James Anderson is an American novelist, short story writer, and poet. He was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in the Pacific Northwest and is a graduate of Reed College, where he received his BA in American Studies. His undergraduate thesis was the first critical work done on the Beat Poet Lew Welch. Anderson attended Pine Manor College in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his MFA in Creative Writing. The Never-Open Desert Diner is his first novel. Over the years his short fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines, including The Bloomsbury Review, New Letters, Solstice Magazine, Northwest Review, Southern Humanities Review and others. His first publication, at age nineteen, was the poem 'Running It Down' in Poetry Northwest. From 1975-1991 Anderson was the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Breitenbush Books, publishers of general interest nonfiction, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Breitenbush received several awards for its titles, including three Western States Book Awards, juried by, among others, Robert Penn Warren, N. Scott Momaday, Elizabeth Hardwick, Jorie Graham, Jonathan Galassi, Denise Levertov, and Carolyn Kizer. Authors published included Mary Barnard, Naomi Shihab Nye, Bruce Berger, Clyde Rice, Gary Miranda, Peter Sears, David Shetzline, Michael Simms, John Stoltenberg, and Sam Hamill. He currently divides his time between Colorado and Oregon.
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