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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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Color of Dust
ISBN: 0804000492

Swallow Press Inc.,U.S.. 1970

Color of Dust - paperback.

Riversongs: POEMS
ISBN: 0252007174

University of Illinois Press. 1978

The red menace: A fiction

Distributed by Persea Books. 1984

A recreation of the 1950s focuses on the life of a teenager growing up in an Omaha housing project as he deals with McCarthyism, the Soviet menace, fast cars, sexual fantasies, and the realities of poverty, violence and broken lives

Sky at Ashland
ISBN: 0918825326

Moyer Bell Limited. 1986

Constructions: Variations
ISBN: 031727399X

Spoon River Poetry Pr. 1985

In Plain Sight: Obsessions, Morals & Domestic Laughter
ISBN: 155921046X

Moyer Bell Ltd. 1992


Selected Poems (Library and Information Science (Paperback))
ISBN: 155921113X

Moyer Bell and its subsidiaries. 1995

A vivid collection of poetry.

In Natural Light
ISBN: 1559212705

Asphodel Press. 1999

A new collection of luminous poetry revealing vivid imagery and a compelling use of language.

Heat Lines
ISBN: 1559213841

Asphodel Press. 2005

Collected poems of Michael Anania.


'''''The Red Menace'''''

Best Paperback Award, Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, 1994 '''Other Awards:'''

Friends of Literature Poetry Prize, 1970

Best American Short Stories Award, 1979

Pushcart Prize in Poetry and Criticism, 1980

Arts Council Literary Award in Poetry, 1974, 1976, 1989

Arts Council Literary Award in Fiction, 1979

Arts Council Literary Award in Criticism, 1980

Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 1985

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