Susan Kay Anderson

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Introduction Susan Kay Anderson’s initial training as a detective began when she was nine in Nome, Alaska. She followed inebriated citizens making their way home from the Board of Trade (bar), then headed towards government housing and Chicken Hill to read Nancy Drews. Her family lived in Schurz, Nevada, and Polson, Montana. At 15, she lived in Germany for a year on her aunt’s organic apple orchard. At 17, she went on exchange to Finland. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she worked with poet Edward Dorn, her mentor and thesis director, and other fine detectives. She worked as an archeologist in Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii, uncovering clues to mysteries of material culture. Her writing can be found in: Arthur, Beat Scene, Calibanonline, Eleventh Muse, Hawaii Island Journal, Honolulu Weekly, Honolulu Civil Beat, Rain Bird, Square One, Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Word/Hawaii Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages, and Tom Clark/Beyond The Pale. She is a recipient of a Jovanovich Award, a Ragdale Residency, and is a 2010 National Poetry Series Finalist.