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Poet and teacher Andrea Hollander served as the writer-in-residence at Lyon College in Batesville (Independence County) from 1991 to 2013. The author of five collections, Hollander has published more than 250 poems and essays in journals including Poetry, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Hudson Review, Doubletake, Shenandoah, Field, Nimrod, Laurel Review, Ohio Review, and Indiana Review. In addition, she has written book reviews for Kirkus Reviews and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Andrea Hollander was born in Berlin, Germany, on April 28, 1947, to Milton Henry, a physician, and Blanche Rosalind (Simon) Hollander. She was raised in Colorado, Texas, New York, and New Jersey.
Hollander received her BA from Boston University in 1968 and her MA from the University of Colorado in 1972. She is a member of the Academy of American Poets, the Modern Poetry Association, and the Poetry Society of America.
She was a founding director at Open Window, a school for high school dropouts in East Boston, from 1972 to 1973. Hollander was also the innkeeper of the Wildflower Bed & Breakfast in Mountain View (Stone County). According to Johnye Strickland in his review of The Other Life, Hollander “gave up a promising career in academia to relocate in a place where she could live a simpler life and be close to nature, a place that would allow her to nurture the poet within. She chose Arkansas.”
On July 18, 1976, she married designer/builder Todd Budy; they divorced in 2011, and she reverted to her maiden name. They have a son named Brooke Sparrow.
Hollander's collections include three chapbooks: Living on the Cusp, published by Moonsquilt in 1981; Happily Ever After, a re-imagining of certain fairytales published by Panhandler in 1989; and What the Other Eye Sees, published by Wayland in 1991. She has published three full-length collections. House Without a Dreamer (1993) and The Other Life (2001) were both published by Storyline Press. In 2006, Autumn House published Woman in the Painting. She has also published the chapbook The Hickeys on Sally Palermo’s Neck (Words from the Woods, 2007), the edited volume When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women (Autumn House, 2009), and the book Landscape with Female Figure (Autumn House, 2013).
Hollander has won numerous awards, including the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize in 1993 for her debut collection, House Without a Dreamer. She won the Words Award in Poetry in 1989 and the Porter Fund Award for Literary Excellence in 1992. Budy has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arkansas Arts Council, and both the Wesleyan and Bread Loaf writers’ conferences.
Hollander told Contemporary Authors Online: “In general, I write to discover and understand something about what makes humans human. I believe that good poetry ought to be both entertaining (rooted in the human traditions of making music and telling stories) and useful (capable of disturbing our lives enough to reinforce our humanness). And that is the kind of poems I try to write.”
In 2013, she moved to Portland, Oregon, and received the Oregon Literary Fellowship.
For additional information:
Chappell, Fred. “Review of House without a Dreamer.” Georgia Review 48 (Winter 1994): 784–799.
Scott, Whitney. “Review of House without a Dreamer.” Booklist. November 15, 1993, p. 598.
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