Idris Anderson


San Carlos, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Idris Anderson’s second collection of poems Doubtful Harbor was selected by Sherod Santos for the Hollis Summers Prize and was published by Ohio UP in March 2018. Her first collection of poems Mrs. Ramsay's Knee was selected by Harold Bloom for the May Swenson Poetry Award  and published by Utah State UP. She has won a Pushcart, a Pushcart Special Mention, and the New York Yeats Society Poetry Prize. She has published poems in AGNI, Arts & Letters, Crab Orchard Review, Hudson Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mudlark, The Nation, Ontario Review, Paris Review, Plume, River Styx,Southern Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, ZYZZYVA and other journals.  She has held grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study lyric poetry with Helen Vendler at Harvard, Greek tragedy at Stanford, and Virginia Woolf in London. She has a PhD (in Shakespeare) from the University of South Carolina and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She was born and grew up in Charleston, SC and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area more than two decades ago when she was awarded an NEH Teacher-Scholar grant to study Greek and Greek tragedy at Stanford University.  She has held residency fellowships at The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Ragdale.

Publications & Prizes

Doubtful Harbor (Ohio University Press / Swallow Press, 2018)
Mrs. Ramsay's Knee (Utah State University Press, 2008)
Prizes won: 

May Swenson Poetry Award

Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

Pushcart Prize

Pushcart Special Mention

NY Yeats Society Poetry Prize

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English American
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Charleston, SC
South Carolina
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Charleston, SC
South Carolina
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Last update: May 03, 2019