Annie Finch is a poet and writer, a performer of poetry and ritual, and a speaker on women's empowerment and earth-based spirituality. She has presented on poetry, feminism, and/or spirituality at gatherings and conferences including Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality, Where Womyn Gather, A Room of Her Own, and Emerging Women.
Annie's poetry has been featured onstage at Carnegie Hall and in The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Her most recent book of poetry is Spells: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press). Her music, opera and theatrical collaborations have appeared on many stages.
Like the Nordic and Celtic bards from whom she traces her descent, Annie has devoted rigorous attention to poetic craft. She earned a BA from Yale University, MA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, and Ph.D from Stanford University—and has also studied earth-based spiritual practices including energy healing, herbalism, and ritual. In addition to awards for her books of poetry, Annie has received the Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award for a lifetime's contribution to the art and craft of poetic versification.
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.