Michael Anania Papers

[Photo of Michael Anania, undated, Michael Anania Papers]

The Michael Anania Papers, a new acquisition, have now been processed, and a finding aid to the collection is available online!

Michael Anania is an important influence on Chicago literature. He was born on August 5, 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska. Anania was professor of English at the University of Illinois – Chicago from 1968-2003 and director of the Graduate Program for Writers. He has written or edited over twenty books, mainly poetry, including The Color of Dust (1970), Riversongs (1978), The Sky at Ashland (1986), In Natural Light (1999), and Heat Lines (2006), as well as a novel, The Red Menace (1984).

Anania has held many editorial positions. He was poetry editor for Audit, a quarterly and Partisan Review and poetry and literary editor of The Swallow Press. In addition to teaching and writing, Anania has been involved with various professional and literary organizations, such as the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, Illinois Arts Council, Poetry Center of Chicago, and The Arts Club of Chicago.

This collection was processed as part of the Uncovering New Chicago Archives Project, funded with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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