Porter

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Porter Anderson (@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, Dallas Observer, D Magazine, the Tampa Tribune, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and other media. Anderson’s roles in newspapers, magazines, network television, and online network news have included critic, reporter, editor, managing editor, news anchor, and senior producer.

Anderson writes the weekly Thursday column Writing on the Ether for University of Cincinnati media professor and national publishing analyst Jane Friedman. The second column, in his Ether franchise, Ether for Authors, appears Tuesdays at Publishing Perspectives, the international site on books and the industry. He is also a frequent conference instructor and speaker. His Boot Camp on Public Appearance for Authors is given at Writer’s Digest Conferences, He is moderating panels at many conferences including Frankfurt Book Fair’s CONTEC conference; London’s The FutureBook; Writer’s Digest Conference East and West, Digital Book World, and others.

His professional, dedicated live coverage of publishing and writing conferences has become a mainstay of the season, with as many as 900 tweets from a single conference, all geared toward coherent, follow-able coverage of sessions for those both on-site and not attending the events. This coverage has included The Digital Minds Conference and The FutureBook in London; London Book Fair (LBF) events; IDPF Digital Book at BookExpo America (BEA); Publishers Launch at BEA; Digital Book World; O’Reilly Media Tools of Change and Author (R)evolution Day; Grub Street’s The Muse in Boston; AWP in Washington, Chicago and Boston; Writer’s Digest East (New York City) and West (Los Angeles); DBW Discoverability (New York City); DBW and Publishers Launch’s Marketing and Publishing Services (New York City); Willamette Writers’ Conference in Portland; Memphis Creative Non-Fiction; and many more.

He is a Fellow with the National Critics Institute and has professionally reviewed books, theatre, dance, music, and visual arts for several mainstream media. In books, his primary interest is in literary fiction. With Dan Blank of We Grow Media, he has produced a series of publishing-industry conference guides as an adjunct to his ConfabWorld live-tweet coverage of select conference sessions.

Anderson has served a United Nations P5 diplomatic posting 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.

Anderson holds a BA (William and Mary), an MA (University of Michigan) and an MFA (Florida State University Asolo Conservatory). He has done special readings in the psychology of the arts at the University of Bath, England.

In his 2011 Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) residency, Anderson worked with Master Artist and novelist Victoria Redel of Sarah Lawrence College.

He is a member of Digital Book World, the American Men’s Studies Association, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, the American Theatre Critics Association (former executive committee member) and the International Association of Theatre Critics (former vice president).

Anderson is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He is a longtime supporter of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). As part of his interest in the potential impact of serious music and writing on each other, he has made the first challenge grant to listeners of Q2 Music , the 24/7 live-streaming contemporary classical Internet service of NPR flagship WNYC/WQXR in New York.