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Caston- Bio

9-24-09

Anne Caston is a former nurse, a writer and an educator whose work has been published in literary and medical journals here and abroad. She received a grant from St. Mary's Arts Council in 1994 and has been a featured writer twice on WPFW's "The Poet and the Poem" and was interviewed by Michael Collier for The Writer's Life video series, broadcast over a tri-state television area (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia). Her work has recently been anthologized in collections such as The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology, Where Books Fall Open, Sustenance & Desire, and Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets. A selection from Anne's poems was awarded Prairie Schooner's 2002 Readers' Choice Award and her poem, "Purgatory," received a 2003 International Merit Award in Poetry from Atlanta Review.

Anne was the 1996-97 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fellow in Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was also the 1998-99 Jenny McKean Moore Fellow in Poetry at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. She was awarded a Bread Loaf fellowship in 1999, and was the recipient of the Paumanok Award in 1997. She was also the recipient of the 2005 and 2002 Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The second edition of Anne's book, Judah's Lion, has just been released from
Toad Hall Press (New Hampshire). She is currently working on a third collection of poems, The Empress of Longing, and a memoir, Deep Dixie: A Southerner's Take on Life, Love, Friendship, Romance, Faith, and Coming-of-Age Among Southern Bapists."

Anne Caston earned a B.A. in Language and Literature from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1993 and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in 1995.