Annie Finch is a poet and writer whose work has been featured onstage at Carnegie Hall and in The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Her most recent books include A Poet’s Craft and Spells: New and Selected Poems. She writes on earth-based spirituality for The Huffington Post and has taught and presented at numerous conferences including Where Womyn Gather; Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum; and Emerging Women San Francisco.
Like the ancient Celtic bards who are her ancestors, Annie has devoted her life to the goals of exacting craft and spiritual development. She earned a BA from Yale University, MA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, and Ph.D in English and American Literature from Stanford University with a dissertation on the semiotics of prosody in American poetry. She has been awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award for her lifetime contribution to the art and craft of versification. She has also studied a range of earth-based spiritual practices including energy healing, herbalism, and ritual-making.
Annie's poetry is frequently set to music, and her music, opera and theatrical collaborations have appeared on numerous stages. She has read her poetry, performed, and taught workshops on poetry and spirituality at conferences, schools, and universities on four continents. Annie teaches on the faculty of the St. Francis College low-residency MFA in Creative Writing and also offers private consultations. She is currently completing a new book of poems and a prose book about the witch's path.
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.
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. We link to mystery. We lift off.