Michael Anania

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General Information

Name: Michael Anania

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry; Short Stories; Novels

Born: 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska

Poetry Foundation Website: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/michael-anania

Email: anania@uic.edu

Illinois Connection

Anania lived in Chicago. He taught for three years at Northwestern University before taking a position at the University of Illinois Chicago campus.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Anania is an editor, an award winning novelist and poet and lecturer and essayist on Illinois' literary traditions, including "The Chicago Novel." He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and later graduated from the Municipal University of Omaha (now the Omaha campus of the University of Nebraska).

A retired Professor of English at the University of Illinois — Chicago and a former poetry editor of Swallow Press, he is director of Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and a member of the NEA literature panel. He is a contributing editor for Tri-Quarterly and his work has been included in the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry.

Anania was Chair of the Read Illinois Advisory Committee and was later, President of the Illinois Center for the Book. He now resides in Austin, Texas.

Published Works

  • The Color of Dust, Swallow Press, 1970
  • Riversongs, University of Illinois Press, 1978
  • The Red Menace, Thunder`s Mouth Press, 1984
  • The Sky at Ashland, on the Conditions of Place, Haybarn, 1985
  • Constructions/Variations, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1985
  • In Plain Sight, Obsessions, Morals & Domestic Laughter, 1991
  • Selected Poems, Asphodel, Moyer, Bell, 1994
  • In Natural Light, Asphodel, Moyer, Bell, 1999
  • Heat Lines, Moyer Bell, 2005

Titles at Your Library

Color of Dust

ISBN: 0804000492
Release Date: 1970-12

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Constructions: Variations

ISBN: 031727399X
Release Date: 1985-12-01

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Selected Poems (Library and Information Science (Paperback))

ISBN: 155921113X
Release Date: 1995-01-01

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In Natural Light

ISBN: 1559212705
Release Date: 1999-06-01

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Heat Lines

ISBN: 1559213841
Release Date: 2005-11-01

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Literary Awards

The Red Menace

  • Best Paperback Award, Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, 1994

Other Awards:

  • Friends of Literature Poetry Prize, 1970
  • Best American Short Stories Award, 1979
  • Pushcart Prize in Poetry and Criticism, 1980
  • Arts Council Literary Award in Poetry, 1974, 1976, 1989
  • Arts Council Literary Award in Fiction, 1979
  • Arts Council Literary Award in Criticism, 1980
  • Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 1985

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Michael Anania on WorldCat


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