Anderson is a professor of English and composition coordinator at Oregon State University, where he has taught since 1986. He is the author or co-author of nine previous books including "Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest," which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction. His other books include "My Problem with the Truth" and "Forest of Voices: Reading and Writing the Environment," with Lex Runciman. In 2000 he received the Excellence in Teaching Language Arts award from the Oregon Council of Teachers of English for his "years of exemplary practice." He is on the editorial board of Cloudbank Books and previously served on the editorial boards of Writing Program Administrator?s Journal and Ultimate Reality and Meaning.
His areas of specialty include creative nonfiction, writing and reading, the Bible as literature, religion and literature, and religion and culture. He has a bachelor?s in English from Gonzaga University and a master?s and Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. He also has a master?s in theology from Mount Angel Seminary. He previously taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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