Susan Kay Anderson
Susan Kay Anderson lives in the Umpqua River Basin in Oregon and is the author of Mezzanine (Finishing Line Press, 2019), a book of poems featuring her work as a graveyard-shift custodian at a university, which was her MFA thesis at Eastern Oregon University, directed by James Crews. She is the daughter of her immigrant mother from Germany and restless Nebraskan father. Her family lived in Nome and on Indian reservations in Nevada and Montana and other places isolated from mainstream America while she was growing up. Anderson is the recipient of an Oregon Young Writers Award, a Jovanovich Award, fellowships from the University of Colorado, Telluride Writers, Aspen Writers, Ragdale, and stipends from the Student Conservation Association, AFS –Finland, and Study Abroad-Tuebingen University. Her poetry has been published in Barrow Street Journal 4 X 2 Project, BlazeVox Journal, Caliban Online, Carolina Quarterly, Mudfish, Puerto del Sol, Square One, Tom Clark Beyond The Pale, and other places. Anderson has been short-listed for numerous manuscript publication prizes, attended Tin House, Colrain, Windward Community College Writing Retreats, PEN Writers-Hawaii, Volcano Arts Center, AWP, 24 Pearl Street/Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and SPLAB workshops. She presented Mezzanine at The Montana Book Festival. She was the poetry editor of Big Talk in Eugene, Oregon, a free publication which showcased up-and-coming NW punk bands, published by Hank Trotter. Anderson earned degrees in anthropology from the University of Oregon (BS) and English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Colorado-Boulder (MA). Her thesis was directed by Edward Dorn. Anderson worked in Hawaii as an educator. There, she interviewed Virginia Brautigan Aste. This project and its resulting memoir, Please Plant This Book Coast To Coast, is available from Finishing Line Press.