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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Anania  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry Short Stories; Novels

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska

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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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Riversongs /
ISBN: 0252007174. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. ©1978.

The sky at Ashland /
ISBN: 0918825326. OCLC Number:

Moyer Bell Ltd.,. Mt. Kisco, NY :. 1986.

In plain sight :
ISBN: 155921046X. OCLC Number:

Asphodel Press ;. Mount Kisco, N.Y. :. ©1991.

Essays cover the panoply of human nature and the nature of the literary life.

Selected poems /
ISBN: 155921113X. OCLC Number:

Asphodel Press ;. Wakefield, R.I. :. ©1994.

In natural light /
ISBN: 1559212705. OCLC Number:

Asphodel Press,. Wakefield, R.I. :. ©1999.

"In Natural Light is a new collection of the poetry of Michael Anania. As in his earlier work, Anania's lyrical meditations reveal vivid imagery and compelling use of language. His depth of perception and remarkable ear create a timeless collage of people and place."--Jacket.

Heat lines /
ISBN: 1559213841. OCLC Number:

Asphodel Press :. Kingston, R.I. :. ©2004


The Red Menace

  • Best Paperback Award, Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, 1994

    Other Awards

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