Nebraska Authors

Michael Anania

Born 1939 Omaha, NE (USA)

While at the University of Nebraksa, Lincoln, Anania clashed with Karl Shapiro, though Shapiro later would become a friend. Other influences include W.H. Auden and William Carlos Williams. Anania's poetry has appeared in many anthologies and has been translated into Italian, German, French, Spanish and Czech.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Lincoln, NE
Buffalo, NY
Chicago, IL

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Poetry; Fiction; Essays; Modernism


Undergraduate Study, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (1957-1958)
BA, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, NE
PhD, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY


Professor of English, University of Illinois

Places Worked

University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL


Friends of Literature Poetry Prize
Pushcart Prize
Arts Council Literature Award


Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
Illinois Arts Council
Poetry Center of Chicago
The Arts Club of Chicago


New Poetry Anthology. 1969.
The Color of Dust. 1970.
Set/Sorts. 1974.
Annex 12. 1978.
River Songs. 1978.
The Red Menace. 1984.
Constructions/Variations. 1985.
Two Poems. 1985.
The Sky at Ashland. 1986.
Gardening the Skies. 1988.
In Plain Sight: Obsessions, Morals and Domestic Laughter. 1991.
Private Seven. 1992. (with John Ashbery)
Selected Poems. 1994.
In Natural Light. 1999.
Once Again, Flowered: Poems. 2000.
Three Poems About the Sounds of Jazz and the Snow in Buffalo. 2001.
Poems of the Sea and of the Land. 2004. (with Pablo Neruda)
Heat Lines. 2006.
Continuous Showings. 2017.

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