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Jack Anderson Poet and Dance Critic
Sun, April 30, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Anderson, a poet and dance writer who has published 10 books of poetry and seven books of dance history and criticism, will be in Sarasota at the invitation of the Sarasota Ballet and has graciously agreed to offer a reading and discussion of his work at Bookstore1.
Anderson’s most recent volume of poetry, Getting Lost in a City Like This, was published by Hanging Loose Press, and his eleventh, The Dinosaur Problem, will be published by Hanging Loose in 2017. Others include Traffic (which won the Marie Alexander Award for Prose Poetry), Field Trips on the Rapid Transit, The Clouds of That Country, The Invention of New Jersey, and Toward the Liberation of the Left Hand, the title poem of which Chris McManus, professor of psychology at University College, London, calls the “only poem about the left hand” that he knows. Anderson’s poems have also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. He has been a visiting writer at the University of Kansas and the College of DuPage in Illinois, has received a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts literary award, and has read his work at colleges, cultural centers, and coffee houses in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
He was co-editor (with George Dorris) of Dance Chronicle, a journal of dance history from 1977 to 2007, writes on dance for the New York Times and is New York correspondent for The Dancing Times of London. His most recent dance book is Art Without Boundaries: The World of Modern Dance, an international history of modern dance; others include Choreography Observed, Ballet and Modern Dance: A Concise History, The American Dance Festival, and The Nutcracker. He has taught dance history and criticism at several colleges and has served on the dance panel of the National Endowment for the Arts.