Meet Our Authors Amy Newmark & Anthony Anderson

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness

Meet Our Authors
Amy Newmark & Anthony Anderson

Amy Newmark was a writer, speaker, Wall Street analyst and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications for more than thirty years. Today she is publisher, editor-in-chief and coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. By curating and editing inspirational true stories from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences, Amy has kept the twenty-one-year-old Chicken Soup for the Soul brand fresh and relevant, and still part of the social zeitgeist.

Amy graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University where she majored in Portuguese and minored in French. She wrote her thesis about popular, spoken-word poetry in Brazil, which involved traveling throughout Brazil and meeting with poets and writers to collect their stories. She is delighted to have come full circle in her writing career—from collecting poetry “from the people” in Brazil as a twenty-year-old to, three decades later, collecting stories and poems “from the people” for Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Amy has a national syndicated newspaper column and is a frequent radio and TV guest, passing along the real-life lessons and useful tips she has picked up from reading and editing thousands of Chicken Soup for the Soul stories.

She and her husband are the proud parents of four grown children and in her limited spare time, Amy enjoys visiting them, hiking, and reading books that she did not have to edit.

Anthony Anderson has appeared in over twenty films, and his performance on Law & Order earned him his fourth consecutive NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for the 2010 season. Before joining Law & Order, Anderson starred in the New Orleans-based drama K-Ville. Over the years, he has displayed his bountiful talent in the DreamWorks’ blockbuster Transformers, directed by Michael Bay; as well as in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar winning feature, The Departed, alongside a stellar cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson.

Anderson is star and executive producer of ABC’s sitcom Blackish, which premiered this Fall alongside co-stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne. He plays the main character in the series who is a family man that struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

Most recently he has been seen in the Sundance film Goats and 20th Century Fox’s The Big Year starring Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin, directed by David Frankel.

He first gained attention as one of Jim Carrey’s sons in Me, Myself, and Irene, and has subsequently appeared in such films as Scary Movie 3, Barbershop, Kangaroo Jack, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, Two Can Play That Game, and Malibu’s Most Wanted. He also starred opposite Eddie Griffin and Michael Imperioli in My Baby’s Daddy, opposite Frankie Muniz in Agent Cody Banks 2 and had a cameo in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. Anderson brought his talent and humor to the small screen in his own WB sitcom All About the Andersons, which was loosely based on his life. Anderson appeared in the police-drama television series, The Shield, opposite Michael Chiklis and Glenn Close and in NBC’s Guys with Kids.

Anderson grew up in Los Angeles. While pursuing his acting career, he continued his education by attending the High School for the Performing Arts, where he earned first place in the NAACP’s ACT-SO Awards with his performance of the classic monologue from The Great White Hope. That performance, along with his dedication to his craft, earned him an arts scholarship to Howard University.

Anderson currently lives in Los Angeles. He is married to his college sweetheart, and they have two children.

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