“I tend to mine my childhood for inspiration and guidance,” explained Anderson. “I pull from my ancestry and the land. I grew up all over the country and am particularly drawn to the West and the energy and inspiration it spurs in me.”
As a poet, Anderson’s work has been published in literary journals including Ploughshares and River Styx, and most recently, her poems “Stirring Sauce” and “Sarah’s Voice” appeared in The American Journal of Poetry over the summer.
“I am delighted to have my new work come to light,” said Anderson, who writes under the name MM Anderson. “My poetry draws energy from the origin stories of Native Americans and my time spent in the American West. I’ve been writing since high school.”
Anderson said that part of her success in writing poetry is having the opportunity to work for an institution that promotes and honors liberal arts.
“I’m so lucky; no other job I’ve had has allowed me to truly develop and fully utilize my skillset,” said Anderson. “I owe it to Lindenwood, which has afforded me the opportunity to not only develop curriculum for my classes, but to also write poetry and pursue this avenue in my professional life.”
Anderson’s connection to Lindenwood University goes well beyond her tenure as a professor for the Belleville campus, where she began teaching in 2007. In fact, her mother attended Lindenwood College when it was an all-female school and her sister attended in the ’70s.
“When mom was a young woman, she took the train from Wyoming to Missouri to attend Lindenwood,” Anderson said. “It was the destination for young girls in the ’40s. Likewise, my sister completed her degree here in 1979. So, there’s always been a connection between this institution and my family.”
Anderson studied film at the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She teaches fiction and poetry in the Lindenwood’s Master of Fine Arts program online, as well as Composition and Literature and Native American Studies for the university’s School of Accelerated Degree Programs in Belleville and Collinsville, Ill.