CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University faculty member Chris Anderson will read from his newly-released poetry collection “The Next Thing Always Belongs,” on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Journey Room of the Memorial Union; a book signing follows.
The poems of “The Next Thing Always Belongs” juxtapose unlikely images to explore mysteries through the logic of dreams. From ukuleles to wrestlers, merit badges to galaxies, the images of Anderson’s poems reveal an imaginative landscape which can be both emotional and playfully ironic.
The latest release from the Willamette Valley’s award-winning publishing collective Airlie Press, “The Next Thing Always Belongs,” has been called by author and editor Brian Doyle, “Odd, thoughtful, darting, swirling, funny, poignant, startling.”
Anderson is author of several books including “Teaching as Believing: Faith in the University” (Baylor University Press) and “Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest” (University of Iowa Press), a finalist for the Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction. He is a professor of English at OSU and a Catholic deacon.
The Literary Northwest Series is co-sponsored by the OSU Beaver Store and the OSU English Department, and celebrates regional literary achievement.