Jack Anderson, a poet and dance writer, is the author of ten books of poetry and seven books of dance history and criticism. His most recent volume of poetry, Getting Lost in a City Like This, was published by Hanging Loose Press; 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 anthologies and one of his prose poems provided the title for the anthology The Party Train. He has been a visiting writer at the University of Kansas and the College of DuPage in Illinois, and has received a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts literary award.
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 www.nytheatre-wire.com, 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 the University of Adelaide (Australia), the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Minnesota, the College of St. Catherine (St. Paul, Minnesota), the New School for Social Research, Herbert L. Lehman College (New York City), and the American Dance Festival. He has also served on the dance panel of the National Endowment for the Arts.
- To Construct an Inland American City
- In a Distant Northern City
- Little Poems from Somewhere Else