A poet, author, and literary critic, Anderson is professor of English at Hollins whose research interests include jazz poetry, African American literature, and the work of Aimé Césare. A former Fulbright Scholar, he lived in Cairo, Egypt, where he taught at Cairo University and conducted research on the influence of jazz on contemporary Egyptian music. He is the author of Devonte Travels the Sorry Route, At Last Round Up, River to Cross, and Notes to Make the Sound Come Right: Four Innovators of Jazz Poetry. In addition, Anderson has produced two poetry and music collaborations: The Mask (with William Bolcom) and Songs of Illumination (with T.J. Anderson Jr.), and the highly acclaimed spoken word CD, Blood Octave.
- Ph.D., S.U.N.Y. Binghamton
- M.F.A., University of Michigan
- B.A., University of Massachusetts