Other literary forms
Maggie Anderson has sought to bring attention to the poetry of the Appalachian region that shapes her verse. To that end, she has published a wide range of book reviews and has appeared at countless libraries, schools, and literary conferences. In addition, she edited Hill Daughter: New and Selected Poems (1991), by Louise McNeill, designed to introduce longtime (and nearly forgotten) West Virginia poet McNeill to a new audience. A faculty member at Ohio’s Kent State University, Anderson coedited A Gathering of Poets (1992), which contained poems read at the 1990 ceremonies commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the killing of four young people during a campus rally protesting American involvement in the Vietnam War. Anderson also coedited companion anthologies of works about school, focused primarily on the difficult adolescent years: Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry About School (1999) and After the Bell: Contemporary American Prose About School (2007).