A Fellow with the National Critics Institute and an Associate Artist with the Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) artists' colony, Porter Anderson is a 28-year career journalist whose venues have included three of Time Warner's CNN networks, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and other media. He is a member of Digital Book World, the American Men's Studies Association and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
Anderson writes the weekly (Thursdays) column "Writing on the Ether" for Virginia Quarterly Review digital editor and national publishing analyst Jane Friedman. The latest edition can be found here: http://janefriedman.com/category/writing-on-the-ether/
He also writes Ether for Authors (Tuesdays), a column with an international perspective, at PublishingPerspectives.com
Anderson is a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed (http://writerunboxed.com/author/porter-anderson/).
And he contributes to Digital Book World's Expert Publishing Blog (http://www.digitalbookworld.com/author/porteranderson/)
His live-texting of major publishing conferences via Twitter ( @Porter_Anderson ) -- based on work he did while developing CNN.com Live -- has become a regular feature of his work in the field. There's a page listing upcoming conferences at http://porteranderson.com/publishing-conferences .
Anderson also makes appearances at conferences -- most recently moderating panels at Writer's Digest Conference West in Los Angeles and at FutureBook 2012 in London. He will present a session on media training for authors at the Publishers Launch event Authors Launch in New York, and will be doing a staged interview of Grub Street's Eve Bridburg at the O'Reilly Tools of Change Author (R)evolution Day conference for authors in New York.
Anderson's roles in newspapers, magazines, network television, and online network news have included arts critic, reporter, editor, managing editor, news anchor, and senior producer.
He has served a United Nations P5 diplomatic posting (Laissez-passer) to Rome as Creative Advisor and Multi-Media Manager to the UN's World Food Programme.
And he was Creative Consultant and Executive Producer to INDEX: Design to Improve Life, the Danish government's awards program for international humanitarian design in Copenhagen under the royal patronage of HRH Frederick, Prince of Denmark.
His earliest career efforts included work as an Equity actor and as an account executive with Siegerman Associates, Inc., in public relations and advertising for clients including the Ringling Museums of Art and the Sarasota Opera. In arts fund-raising, he served as special projects director for Asolo, the State Theatre of Florida in Sarasota.
Anderson holds a BA from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, an MA from the University of Michigan, and an MFA from Florida State University.
He is a Fellow with the National Critics Institute, based in Waterford, Connecticut. He has read special studies in the psychology of the arts at the University of Bath, England.
His play script Bernard Shaw: Weeding the Garden is based on the religious tenets of George Bernard Shaw, and has been entered into the permanent Shaw Archives by the Shaw Estate via the Society of Authors in London.
In his Atlantic Center for the Arts residency, Anderson worked with Master Artist Victoria Redel of Sarah Lawrence College. Her novel Loverboy was made into a film by Kevin Bacon and her novel The Border of Truth turns on the SS Quanza, a wartime refugee ship detained at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Porter Anderson is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, a Sustaining Benefactor with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and an active supporter of Q2 Music, the 24/7 live-streaming contemporary classical Internet service of NPR affiliate WNYC/WQXR in New York.