Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Jason C. Anthony
Jason C. Anthony was born in Boothbay, Maine in 1967, attended school and college in Massachusetts, and earned his MA in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire. Soon thereafter, he fled the warm world for Antarctica, where he worked in the United States Antarctic Program for eight austral summers as a Waste Management Specialist, Fuels Operator, Cargo Handler, Skiway Groomer, and Camp Supervisor. He filled his Antarctic notebooks with the raw material for lyric essays, essays, and articles, some twenty three of which have been published since he last left the ice in 2004. One Antarctic essay was selected for The Best American Travel Writing 2007, and another was a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2006. His essay Hoosh, published in the literary food journal Alimentum, became the base for his first book, Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine (University of Nebraska Press). In its review of Hoosh, the New York Times said that "Anthony is a fine, visceral writer and a witty observer." Hoosh has also been shortlisted for the Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards in the UK. For more on Hoosh, check out www.albedoimages.com/blog. Many of Jason Anthony's earlier Antarctic writings and photos are available at www.AlbedoImages.com. Jason now lives in midcoast Maine again with his wife, the singer-songwriter Heather Hardy.