Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) is a 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, content coordinator and senior producer.
Anderson is also a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed, and to Digital Book World’s Expert Publishing Blog. He is a regular conference speaker and panel moderator and a live webinar instructor with Writer’s Digest University.
As a speaker, he has appeared with The FutureBook Conference in London, Writer’s Digest Conference West in Los Angeles, Writer’s Digest Conference East in New York, Digital Book World in New York, O’Reilly Media Tools of Change’s specially prepared Author ®evolution Day in New York, and the PubSmart Conference in Charleston, South Carolina (April 2014).
His Public Presentation for Authors boot camp was debuted in April 2013 at Writer’s Digest Conference East and repeated at Writer’s Digest Conference West. The event, running three hours, brings participants up to the microphone with their own text to read and gain immediate feedback and coaching. Covering not only live-event presentation (readings) but also television, radio, and online presence, the course offers professional training to newcomers to the literary field whose experience of public appearance and performance may be limited.
Anderson is regularly flown to publishing conferences and trade shows by organizers who hire him to “live-tweet” sessions of their events in a format he developed at CNN, taking each session from its beginning to end with fully explicated quotes from panelists and a comprehensive delivery of the discussion’s arc. This provides a chance for public engagement — both by event attendees and by others around the world — in a real-time format of cogent interaction and global visibility for the event.
A Fellow with the National Critics Institute, Anderson has professionally reviewed books, theater, dance, music, and visual arts for several mainstream media for three decades. Most recently his reviews of literary fiction were read at the Reader Unboxed site.
Anderson accepted a United Nations P5 diplomatic posting (with 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 Frederik, Prince of Denmark.
Prior to becoming a journalist, Anderson worked as an Equity actor and as an account executive with Siegerman Associates, Inc., in public relations and advertising. His play script, Bernard Shaw: Weeding the Garden, was based on the religious writings of George Bernard Shaw. It was entered into the permanent Shaw Archives by Dan Laurence. Anderson was granted a limited-time performance license for the piece by the Shaw Estate via the Society of Authors in London.
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.
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, and now is based in Tampa, on the Gulf Coast of Florida. 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 New York Public Radio flagship WNYC/WQXR.