Annie Finch is a poet, a writer, and a speaker on female-centered, earth-based spirituality. Her eighteen books of poetry and poetics include Spells: New and Selected Poems and A Poet's Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry. Annie has taught and presented on poetry, feminism, and/or spirituality at numerous conferences including A Room of Her Own, Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum, Where Womyn Gather, and Emerging Women San Francisco. Her poetry has been featured onstage at Carnegie Hall and collected in The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry.
Like the ancient Celtic and Nordic bards from whom she descends, Annie has devoted a lifetime of rigorous attention to her craft. 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 prosody—and has also studied earth-based spiritual practices including energy healing, reiki, herbalism, and ritual. In addition to awards for her poetry, Annie has received the Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award for her lifetime contribution to the art and craft of poetic versification.
Annie's music, opera and theatrical collaborations as well as her own poetry performances have appeared on many stages. She 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.