Virtual Lecture: Azorean Suite: A Voyage of Discover Through Ancestry, Whaling, and other Atlantic Crossings With Scott Edward Anderson
Scott Edward Anderson grew up largely disconnected from his Portuguese ancestry. In mid-life, he explored his heritage and discovered a branch of the family tree he never knew with roots in the Azores. Join the New Bedford Whaling Museum and third-generation Azorean-American Scott Anderson for a reading and talk focusing on the connections between the Azores, New Bedford, and Rhode Island that his research into the histories of his maternal great-grandparents has revealed.
His book-length poem about his explorations, Azorean Suite: A Poem of the Moment, was published in both English and Portuguese by Letras Lavadas in the Azores in 2020. Critic Vamberto Freitas wrote in Açoriano Oriental, “(The poem) is of an originality that I believe is unmatched among us.” Anderson will share passages from Azorean Suite, as well as from his work-in-progress, a research-driven memoir called The Others in Me: A Journey to Discover Ancestry, Identity, and Lost Heritage.
Scott Edward Anderson is an award-winning poet, essayist, and memoirist. He is the author of Azorean Suite: A Poem of the Moment/Suite Açoriana: Um Poema do Momento (Letras Lavadas, 2020); Falling Up: A Memoir of Second Chances (Homebound Publications, 2019), which received the 1st Literary Award of Letras Lavadas in conjunction with PEN Açores; the Nautilus Award‑winning Dwelling: An Ecopoem (Shanti Arts, 2018); Fallow Field (Aldrich Press, 2013); and Walks in Nature’s Empire (The Countryman Press, 1995).
Anderson has been a Concordia Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and received the Nebraska Review Award and Aldrich Emerging Poets Award. He is currently working on a translation of the Azorean poet Vitorino Nemésio’s classic travelogue, Corsário das Ilhas, for Tagus Press and a research-driven memoir about his Azorean Portuguese heritage titled The Others in Me: A Journey to Discover Ancestry, Identity, and Lost Heritage. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York.