Biography

Donald Anderson was born in Butte, Montana in 1946. His fiction and essays have appeared in The North American Review, Fiction International, Epoch, PRISM international, Western Humanities Review, Columbia, Michigan Quarterly Review, Connecticut Review, and elsewhere. Since 1989, he’s been Editor of War, Literature & the Arts: an international journal of the humanities. He’s editor, too, of aftermath: an anthology of post-vietnam fiction (Henry Holt, 1995), Andre Dubus: Tributes (Xavier University Press, 2001), and When War Becomes Personal: Soldiers' Accounts from the Civil War to Iraq (University of Iowa Press, 2008). His story "Fire Road" was awarded First Place in the Society for the Study of the Short Story 2000 Contest, and the collection Fire Road won Iowa's 2001 John Simmons Short Fiction award. His essay “Gathering Noise” was named a “Notable Essay of 2012” in the 2013 The Best American Essays. His essay "Rock Salt" was listed in 2008 and his essay "Luck" was listed in 1999. In 1996, he received a Creative Writers’ Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds an MFA from Cornell University. A former Air Force officer, he now lives in Colorado, where he directs creative writing at the United States Air Force Academy. His most recent book, Gathering Noise from My Life: A Camouflaged Memoir, was named by the Christian Science Monitor as one of “12 Electrifying Memoirs” appearing in 2012.

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Selected Distinctions

  • Invited participant for “On War Writing: A Roundtable Discussion.” Prairie Schooner, Winter 2013
  • Selected to serve as an Academic Reviewer for the three-volume set, The Literature of War, St James Press, 2012
  • Elected to membership in the International Association of University Professors of English, 2007
  • Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families. New York: Random House, 2006 [Selected by the Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts, to serve on nine-member writers’ panel to make final selections for the volume]
  • Iowa’s John Simmons Short Fiction Award, 2001
  • Creative Writers’ Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1996-97