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Name  Nathalie Anderson

Role  Poet
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Books  Following Fred Astaire, Quiver, Crawlers: Poems, My Hand My Only Map: 13

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Nathalie F. Anderson (born 1948) is an award-winning American poet and librettist. She is a 1993 Pew Fellow, and author of several books of poetry: Following Fred Astaire, Crawlers, Quiver, Held and Firmly Bound (a chapbook), and Stain. In collaboration with composer Thomas Whitman, she authored four libretti: The Black Swan, Sukey in the Dark, Babylon and A Scandal in Bohemia



Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Nathalie earned her bachelor's degree from Agnes Scott College in 1970, her master's degree from Georgia State University, and her Ph.D. degree from Emory University.

She has been teaching at Swarthmore College since 1982 and is currently a Professor in their Department of English Literature. She is also Director of their Program in Creative Writing as well as a Poet in Residence at the Rosenbach Museum & Library.

Nathalie runs Philadelphia's literary event listserv, Lit-Philly.

Some of Nathalie's work has been featured in various print and online journals: Atlanta Review, Poetry Daily, Fox Chase Review, Natural Bridge, The New Yorker, Paris Review, The Recorder: The Journal of American Irish Historical Society, Prairie Schooner, Denver Quarterly, Nimrod, Inkwell Magazine, The Louisville Review, and Southern Poetry Review.

On November 8, 2012, University of Pennsylvania's Kelly Writers House inaugurated the Eva and Leo Sussman Poetry Program with poetry readings by featured guest writers and instructors, Nathalie Anderson, Elaine Terranova, and Joan Hutton Landis.


  • 1986 Yaddo Fellowship
  • 1993 Pew Fellowships in the Arts
  • 1998 Washington Prize from Word Works for Following Fred Astaire
  • 2000 "Slow Airs" - Grand Prize Co-Winner in Inkwell Magazine's poetry competition for 2000
  • 2004 "Squeeze" - Finalist for the James Hearst Poetry Prize, published in the North American Review
  • 2005 The Robert McGovern Publication Prize, Ashland University, Ashland Poetry Press, for Crawlers
  • 2012 Eric Hoffer Award da Vinci Eye finalist for Quiver
  • 2012 Boston Metro Opera's Mainstage Award for A Scandal in Bohemia.
  • Poetry Books

  • Anderson, Nathalie (1978). My Hand, My Only Map: 13 poems. Atlanta, GA: House of Keys. ISBN 9780932656018. 
  • Anderson, Nathalie (1998). Following Fred Astaire. Washington, D.C.: The Word Works. ISBN 9780915380411. 
  • Anderson, Nathalie (2006). Crawlers: poems. Ashland, OH: Ashland Poetry Press, Ashland University. ISBN 9780912592596. 
  • Anderson, Nathalie (2011). Quiver. Rochester, VT: Penstroke Press. ISBN 9780966917789. 
  • Anderson, Nathalie (2017). Held and Firmly Bound. Chapin, SC: Muddy Ford Press. ISBN 9781942081104
  • Anderson, Nathalie (2017). Stain. Washington, D.C.: The Word Works. ISBN 9781944585136
  • Anthology Appearances

  • Alenier, Karren L.; Hilary Tham; Miles D. Moore, eds. (1999). Winners : a retrospective of the Washington Prize. Washington, D.C.: The Word Works. ISBN 9780915380435. 
  • Rice, Adrian; Angela Reid, eds. (2002). A Conversation Piece: Poetry and Art. Belfast: Newry: Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland in association with Abbey Press. ISBN 0900761423. Poets' responses to an exhibition at the Ulster Museum. 
  • Potter, Jacklyn W.; Dwaine Rieves; Gary Stein, eds. (2003). Cabin fever : poets at Joaquin Miller's Cabin, 1984-2001. Washington, D.C.: The Word Works. ISBN 9780915380510. 
  • McEneaney, Sarah; Ingrid Schaffner, eds. (2004). Sarah McEneaney. Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. ISBN 9780884541042. 
  • Mark, Enid (2004). Ars Botanica. Wallingford, Pa.: ELM Press. OCLC 57614320. 
  • Follett, CB; Susan Terris, eds. (2005). Runes : a review of poetry, signals. Sausalito, CA: Arctos Press. ISBN 9780972538459. 
  • Tobin, Daniel (2007). The book of Irish American poetry: from the eighteenth century to the present. Notre Dame, Ind: University of Notre Dame Press. ISBN 9780268042301. 
  • Datlow, Ellen; Kelly Link; Gavin J. Grant, eds. (2007). The year's best fantasy & horror 2007: twentieth annual collection. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0312369425. 
  • Datlow, Ellen; Kelly Link; Gavin J. Grant, eds. (2008). The year's best fantasy & horror 2008: twentieth annual collection. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 9780312380489. 
  • Performances

  • Anderson, Nathalie, librettist (September 1998), The Black Swan (a Chamber Opera in Two Acts), Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia Pa.: Orchestra 2001. Libretto based on the novel by Thomas Mann. 
  • Anderson, Nathalie, librettist (October 2001), Sukey in the Dark (a Chamber Opera in One Act), Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, Pa.: Orchestra 2001 
  • Anderson, Nathalie, librettist (March 2005), Babylon (a Composition for Chorus and Orchestra), Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: The Philadelphia Singers. Libretto based on Psalm 137. 
  • Anderson, Nathalie, librettist (2007), A Scandal in Bohemia (a Chamber Opera in Two Acts), Kimmel Center, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, Pa.: Orchestra 2001. Libretto based on the story by Arthur Conan Doyle. 
  • References

    Nathalie Anderson Wikipedia

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