Van Anderson’s writing life began in second grade when he wrote a story about Amos the mouse who haunted the White House and ended up being swallowed by President Eisenhower’s wife—sadly, the wife and Amos both died. Since then he’s written hundreds of academic papers, filled thousands of journal pages, placed articles in various newspapers and magazines, as well as poems in a number of publications. North Star Press published a collection of his poems, Tending the Garden, in 2013. Other collections are currently hunting for a publisher. Van continues to write and publish poems and political commentary and is in the process of turning all those journal pages into some kind of cohesive narrative.