Annie Finch (Ani) is a poet, writer, and speaker whose work focuses on nature centered spirituality and the divine feminine. She is the author of more than twenty books and chapbooks of poetry, plays, translation, literary essays, textbooks and anthologies. The most recent of her six books of poetry is Spells: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2013). Her poems have been performed at Carnegie Hall, installed in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and published in The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry.
Ani is a witch and a follower of the Goddess. Many of her poems are inspired by her earth-centered and female-centered spirituality. She is currently completing a new book of poems and a book of prose, The Witch in You: Five Directions to Your Inner Goddess. You can subscribe to Ani's poetic and witchy newsletters and poetic Spells here.
Deeply committed to the shapes and rhythms of poetry, Annie Finch earned her B.A. in English from Yale, M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, and Ph.D in English and American Literature from Stanford, all with a focus on poetry and poetics. She has published numerous books about poetic form and poetry writing, such as A Poet's Craft A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry. She is the recipient of the Robert Fitzgerald Award for her lifetime contribution to the art and science of poetic versification.
Annie has read her poetry, performed, and taught workshops on poetry and spirituality at conferences, schools, and universities on four continents. She teaches on the faculty of the St. Francis College low-residency MFA in Creative Writing and also offers private consultations.
From her poetry is a pure tone that calls us home to the first impulse of poetry. Finch’s poetry is songs to shift knowing in this place of things and ideas. We link to mystery. We lift off.
Annie Finch is an American original, a master of control who shows no fear of excess, and none of quietness either. Her poems have depths and delights that appear to go on forever.
Finch is a poet in her bones . . . I found myself shocked with pleasure.