Fred Waage

This Mortal Earth: A Year of Beginnings and Ceasings: ($15, 114pp, 6X9″, Softcover ISBN: 978-1-68114-008-7, Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68114-109-1, LCCN: 2015930077, January 2015; Purchase on Amazon or Barnes and Noble): The poems in this collection were written one-a-day, during the course of the author’s sixty-seventh year.  They seek to express an ecological awareness, the “intense consciousness of land” (Aldo Leopold), a consciousness of the Earth’s land and of that essence that composes the writer’s being.

Waage - November - Cover - Small

November: (Softcover: $15, 52pp, 6X9”: ISBN: 978-1-68114-579-2; Kindle: $2.99: ASIN; LCCN: 2023906978; Nonfiction—Poetry—Subjects & Themes—Nature; Release: April 15, 2023; Purchase on Amazon): This poetry collection dives into the theme of human and “environmental” aging. This theme might perhaps be meaningful and saleable to a poetry audience, since its brevity makes it palatable.

Fred Waage is Professor Emeritus of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University. He was raised in upstate New York, got his academic degrees from Princeton, and taught in many U.S. states, including California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. He has had many nonacademic jobs, including Research Associate at the Huntington Library and Assistant Manager at Jack-in-the-Box. He has also published chapbooks, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in small magazines. He is a strong proponent of environmental preservation and environmental literature. His most recent poetry from Anaphora Literary Press is This Mortal Earth:  A Year of Beginnings and Endings.


Love poems to Mother Nature: ETSU literature professor puts out book of poems based on ecological awareness.” Johnson City Press, January 25, 2015:


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