Carol Anderheggen talks about her books - Writing Down Cancer and Born-Child - 523
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Carol Anderheggen talks about her books - Writing Down Cancer & Born-Child. This is episode 523 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. 

Carol Anderheggen has been a published poet and writer since the 1980s and is an active disaster relief volunteer with the American Red Cross. She has confronted many challenges in her life. Taken out of her home early in her life, removed from a mom with mental health issues, she floundered in foster care and then was adopted by a Navy couple. Her second mother became an alcoholic. Later in life she became a survivor of breast cancer. Both her childhood of trauma and her adult health scare are the subject of her books.

Her first chapter book, Writing Down Cancer, was published by Finishing Line Press. She followed that up with the publishing of Born-Child. She has been published in regional journals such as Anemone, The Great Swamp Gazette, Newport Life, and Northeast Journal and served on the staff of The Frost Festival of Poetry, Franconia, NH for seven years.

She served as docent for the museum hours at Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, NH, assisted the director with book sales and edited the annual attendee anthology of readings. Carol also worked as a school librarian media specialist for nearly three decades. Carol is active in the Ocean State Poets of Rhode Island, both as their web designer and as a practitioner of poetry outreach. As secretary and web-master of the organization, Ocean State Poets, in Rhode Island, Carol created and maintains the website, for the organization. As an OSP member, Carol has participated in area readings and nurtured a public library writing group with another poet, Heather Sullivan.

Carol and Heather have worked together for seven years in a Salve Regina University community service class which pairs developmentally handicapped adults with Salve students. The class has produced two anthologies of poetry, a DVD of stage presentations highlighting community students abilities, and several group poems presented orally each school year.

She earned a BA in English and an MLS from University of Rhode Island.

Carol has two children and two grandchildren. She resides in Rhode Island. For more information, please consult:

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