Award-winning poet and accomplished librettist Nathalie Anderson will give a reading at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Leyburn Library's Northen Auditorium. She will read from her latest collection, "Quiver."
Anderson's reading is free and open to the public, and her books will be for sale. It is sponsored by the W&L English Department and the Glasgow Endowment.
Anderson's first book, "Following Fred Astaire," won the 1998 Washington Prize from The Word Words, and her second, "Crawlers," won the 2005 McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press.
She has authored libretti for two operas, "The Black Swan" and "Sukey in the Dark" and is currently at work on a third collaboration with the composer Thomas Whitman and Philadelphia's Orchestra 2001, an operatic version of Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia."
Anderson's poems have been singled out for prizes and special recognition from the Joseph Campbell Society and reviews including "Inkwell Magazine," "The Madison Review," "North American Review" and "The Southern Anthology." They have also appeared in APR's "Philly Edition," "Cimmaron Review," "Denver Quarterly," "Louisville Review," "Paris Review," "Prairie Schooner," "Southern Poetry Review" and "Spazio Humano," among others; and in the Ulster Museum's collection of visual art and poetry titled "A Conversation Piece."
Anderson was a fellow at Yaddo, a retreat for artists in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1986, and in 1993, she was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.
She serves as poet in residence at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia and is a professor of English literature at Swarthmore College, where her courses focus on modern, contemporary and women's poetry. She is also director of the Program in Creative Writing.
Anderson received her B.A. from Agnes Scott College, her M.A. from Georgia State University and her Ph.D. from Emory University.