Annie has accepted an invitation to join the faculty of the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. The first residency will be held in July. More information about the St. Francis College MFA Program.
Annie’s poem “Moon for Our Daughters” was sent out by the Academy of American Poets to their Poem-a-Day subscribers on the day after Election Day. The poem was featured on BrainPickings later that day with the comment, “Take this breath of sanity and hope.” The poem may be found on the Academy’s website with a recording of Annie reading the poem.
MacTaggart Jewelry features Annie modelling a pair of earrings and a lanyard necklace designed by poet-jeweler Paige MacTaggart. Several poems from Calendars, including “Earth Goddess and Sky God,” accompany the jewelry. More about Calendars
Annie’s memories of studying with playwright and poet Ntozake Shange are collected in the anthology Thank You, Teacher: Grateful Students Tell the Stories of the Teachers Who Changed Their Lives, edited by Holly Holbert. Others who contributed their memories of teachers to the book include Maya Angelou, George Saunders, and Jerry Spinelli.
Larissa Shmailo’s article “Bob Holman and Metre,” in The Journal of Poetics Research, applies Annie’s theory of “the metrical code” to Holman’s free verse. The metrical code was first developed in Annie’s 1993 book The Ghost of Meter: Culture and Prosody in American Free Verse,
Composer Dale Trumbore’s setting of Annie’s poem “Winter Solstice Chant” won the Busan Choral Composition Competition and will premiere from the Ansan City Choir in Busan, South Korea.
Annie’s Spells: New and Selected Poems is now available from Wesleyan University Press. The book gathers poems from all of Annie’s previous books as well as new and previously unpublished poems. For launch events and readings, please see the Events page.
Dale Trumbore’s choral setting of Annie’s poem “A Valentine for Hands” from Calendars won the Yale Glee Club’s Emerging Composer Award. The piece premiered at Woolsey Hall in New Haven, conducted by Jeffrey Douma.
Feminist theorist Charlene Spretnak devoted a special episode of her radio program “All Together Now” to a live performance of Ani’s epic libretto AMONG THE GODDESSES. The production was performed by four actors with music recorded at the Temple of Isis in Egypt by composer Lorah Yaccorino. Following the performance, Annie was interviewed by director Cait Johnson about the choreopoem, her career, and abortion, which is a central theme of the book. The show is available for streaming and for download at the Progressive Radio Network.
Annie’s entry on “formalism” appears in the new edition of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.
Annie has been appointed as the first Artist in Residence at the online divinity school Cherry Hill Seminary. During the one-year appointment, she will be posting original poems at the school’s website as well as working with students and faculty on collaborative projects.
Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams has been awarded the Sarasvati Award for the best book of poetry concerning women and mythology by the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology. The award was conveyed at the ASWM biennial national conference in San Francisco.
As part of the ceremonies marking Sylvia Plath’s induction into the Poets Corner of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, Annie presented a talk at the Cathedral on Plath’s use of language entitled “Plath’s Rough Magic.”Annie’s talk is cited in the New Yorker Magazine’s coverage of the event.
Annie toured the Midwest and South, reading and lecturing on the poetry of nature and also touring the poetry installations in several zoos, as part of the Language of Conservation project organized by the New York-based organization Poets House.
“Longfellow,” a poem commissioned from Annie by the Maine Historical Society for Longfellow’s 200th birthday, is reviewed in Lantern Review: “Longfellow is treated as a construction,…present but amorphous . . . he is dismantled, reassembled, reimagined until he is apprehensible.”
Annie’s first collection of poems, Eve, has been chosen for inclusion in Carnegie Mellon University Press’s “Classic Contemporaries” poetry series. “Classic Contemporaries” has gained widespread praise for reissuing significant out-of-print books by important American poets including Richard Hugo, Carolyn Kizer, James Tate, and Ellen Bryant Voigt.
“Wolf Song,”Annie’s multmedia collaborative verse play about the place of the Wolf in the physical and psychic landscape, premiered at Mayo Street Arts in Portland, Maine. Incorporating dance, masks, music, puppets, and verse theater, the play was directed by Assunta Kent with an original score by Cristina Alden-Kinne.
Annie’s birthday on October 31 was noted by Garrison Keillor during his daily Public Radio broadcast, “The Writer’s Almanac.” Keillor also noted the birthdays of Martin Luther and John Keats.