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11-16-08

Alice Anderson is the author of Human Nature: Poems, which won the Elmer Holmes Bobst Prize for Emerging Writers from NYU, the Best First Book Prize from the Great Lakes Colleges Association, and was short listed for for both The Bluestem and the Walt Whitman Prize. Human Nature earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and rave reviews from Library Journal, Booklist, and The Boston Review of Books. Anderson holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and is the recipient of The Plum Review Prize and the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in journals such as New York Quarterly, New Letters, Agni, and The Plum Review. Poems are featured in the anthologies On The Verge: Emerging Poets and Artists; American Poetry, The Next Generation; and The Why and Later, Poets Speak on Rape. Anderson's classic poem "The Split" will appear in the 20th anniversary edition of The Courage to Heal. She teaches writing at an urban community college. An advocate for victims of incest and domestic violence, Anderson lives and writes in a very old house in Sacramento, California, having escaped the deep-water bayou hell of post-Katrina Gulf Coast Mississippi. She is the single mother to three light-filled, miraculous children and is, remarkably, still standing. And smiling.