Stephen Anderson is a Milwaukee poet whose work has appeared in numerous print and online journals including Southwest Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, New Purlieu Review, Free Verse, Verse Wisconsin and Foundling Review. Many of Anderson’s poems have been featured on the Milwaukee NPR-affiliate WUWM Lake Effect Program. He is the author of Montezuma Resurrected And Other Poems (2001) and The Silent Tango of Dreams (2006 chapbook), and several of his poems appeared in the poetry collection, Portals And Piers (2012). In the summer of 2013, six of his poems formed the text for a chamber music song cycle entitled The Privileged Secrets of the Arch performed by some musicians including two members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and an opera singer. Because of a particular set of life experiences, Anderson considers himself a poet with a global perspective rather than a regional poet. His poetry collection, Navigating in the Sun, was published by Finishing Line Press in July, 2015. A first full-length poetry collection entitled In the Garden of Angels and Demons was published by Aldrich Press/Kelsay Books (2017.)
The poet also has numerous essays and feature articles to his credit that appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other local and national publications. Anderson is not classifiable as a regional poet per se, although some of his poems relate to Milwaukee and the Midwest. To a large extent, his poetry reflects the poet’s travels and residence abroad as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile, a university lecturer at Queen Mary & Westfield College (University of London), and numerous trips to Europe and the Caribbean (Trinidad & Tobago), his wife’s native country.