Story Preservation Initiative®

Preserving the Stories of Our Lives by capturing the voices, words, and meanderings of artists, scientists, writers, poets, musicians, and eyewitnesses to history. Listen, learn, and be amazed! WEB: www.storypreservation.org

Poet ⎥Writer ⎥Doug Anderson

Doug’s story has been integrated into high school classroom American History units via our Learning Lab project (see: link above to Learning Lab page) where his first-hand narrative about his Vietnam experience helps students gain a greater understanding of the war and its human toll.

a6a7dab4-ad1c-49aa-adaa-71d5aa7843fe-1024x682From the Poetry Foundation …  Poet Doug Anderson grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He served as a combat medic in the Vietnam War, and after Vietnam attended the University of Arizona, where he studied acting. He started writing poetry after he moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, and worked with the poet Jack Gilbert.

Anderson has written about his experiences in the Vietnam War in both poetry and nonfiction. He is the author of the poetry collections The Moon Reflected Fire (1994), the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Blues for Unemployed Secret Police (2000), and Horse Medicine (2015). In 2000 he published his memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery.

His awards include a grant from the Eric Mathieu King Fund of the Academy of American Poets, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. Anderson has taught at the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, and the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Its Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

To listen to Doug’s recording, click on the links below. 

Copyright Story Preservation Initiative, 2012.  All rights reserved.

01 Doug Anderson_Intro to Recording

02 Doug Anderson_Day One as a Combat Medic

03 Doug Anderson_Realizing Something was ‘Not Quite Right’

04 Doug Anderson_Running Security Patrols

05 Doug Anderson_A Typical Day in Vietnam

06 Doug Anderson_The Homecoming

07 Doug Anderson_Self-Discovery Through Writing

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