Falling Up

A Memoir of Second Chances by Scott Edward Anderson

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Falling Up is a moving personal essay about the struggle to become an authentic, vulnerable, purpose-driven man in the 21st century and, ultimately, about making one’s dream a reality. Along the way, award-winning poet, Scott Edward Anderson learns to see the world anew through the eyes of his children, through a deep engagement with the natural world, and through learning—and teaching others—to tell stories in a more personal way. Falling Up is a late bloomer’s coming-of-age story as much as it is a book about choice, intention, and commitment.

Praise for Falling Up

“An inspiring one-sitting read, this episodic memoir is a gentle reminder that no matter whether we possess precocious genius or bloom late, it is not important whether we leap or fall—it is essential that we descend to rise. Falling Up is a small but multi-faceted gem.”

–Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself

“A brief, bold, and brave view into the inner and outer life of a man with a mission.”

–Maria Rodale, author of Organic Manifesto

“Anderson’s account of his search for what matters most might be the nudge that readers need to find their own second chance. An inspiring read for anyone seeking meaning in their work or in their life.”

-Mark R. Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune

Scott Edward Anderson

Scott Edward Anderson


Scott Edward Anderson is the author of DWELLING: an ecopoem, FALLOW FIELD, and WALKS IN NATURE’S EMPIRE. He has been a Concordia Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts and received the Nebraska Review Award. His poetry has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, The Cortland Review, The Wayfarer, and two anthologies. His essays and reviews have appeared in basalt, The Bloomsbury Review, Cleaver, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and elsewhere. For many years, he has worked in conservation, social enterprise, and clean energy consulting with such organizations as The Nature Conservancy, Ashoka, VerdeStrategy, and EY. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, Samantha, and their blended family.



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