Annie facilitates workshops on poetry and the healing rhythms of words at writing centers, private homes, schools, universities, retreats, conferences, and gatherings. Rates are open to negotiation. Please check the events calendar for events near you, or drop a line to discuss organizing an event for your group.
opened my eyes
"It opened my eyes to what I previously couldn’t see."
worth her weight in gold
"This woman is worth her weight in gold."
“The workshop was an absolute revelation.”
“The workshop was an absolute revelation.”
a truly collaborative experience.
"a truly collaborative experience"
“This workshop was memorable, indeed, impactful. This was the best poetry workshop I have been to."
“Annie is a force of nature. In addition to having an encyclopedic knowledge of forms, she has an uncannily instinctive sense of what makes a poem work, both logically and musically. Annie’s warmth and generosity make the learning process a real treat.”
“Annie was wonderful. She encouraged us, allowed us to try and experiment and flounder. She was never judgmental or anything less than an enthusiastic coach.”
“Annie has so much to teach; her great passion and talent set a tone of respect for us, for the work, and for poetry and its history. She is the consummate teacher.”
I was very pleased with how Annie ran the workshop. . . Both my poems and my opinions were treated with respect, and the workshop became a truly collaborative experience.”
“Annie's generous spirit is matched in the classroom by her knowledge of and sensitivity to the exquisite and eternal music poems slide and bounce upon. I learned so much about what my poems wanted to be."
“Annie Finch is a wonderful teacher of poetry, a warehouse of poetic knowledge.”
“Annie was extremely generous and helpful in pointing out what worked in a poem. She was also very frank about what wasn’t working. She let ALL participate and have a voice in the critique of a poem, and she treated everything said with respect without sacrificing honesty or her opinions.”
Magickal Retreats & Workshops
"I felt/feel on a deep level that your workshop and exercises and your instruction were magical, and I felt/feel really transformed. . . I feel I can reclaim my connection to myself - is a huge gift, and I'm really grateful. I believe I can use the structures you gave us today to continue to move through this healing process, both poetically and personally, and hopefully generate some nice poems, too! (tears in my eyes....) I feel I've already made some big breakthroughs during today's workshop!"
“You really inspired me, and that is what I think a teacher is all about. You made me want to go out and ask myself and those around me, "what more can we do." “
“It was a delight. . . Annie was respectful, gentle, funny, brilliant, amazingly present to all of us. Bravo.”
“I felt supported and well-guided. It was wonderful to be with Annie. I love her playfulness, her passion, her dedication—she inspired me in many ways.”
“Annie is a beautiful person with great insights and enthusiasm—she is truly a teacher in the deepest sense of the word.”
“I don’t exaggerate when I say that taking part in this workshop was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. . . I learned so much—I can’t even describe how much.”
“[Annie] opened my eyes to what I previously couldn’t see—you can’t do much better than that. . . she is an excellent teacher, passionate, responsive to questions.”
“Your workshop was by far the greatest workshop I've ever attended. I'm grateful to have you in my corner.”
“The class was an absolute revelation.”
“Annie Finch is a teacher who speaks with sincerity and integrity, allowing students to examine the inner workings of their psyche in a supportive and kind environment. A woman who radiates poetry, Annie is the teacher that many women yearn for, and some are lucky enough to work with. There is such a need for her earth and heart based teachings.”
Annie Finch’s beautiful reading drew the largest audience of the year’s events and elicited a stream of messages to the curator of the series expressing thanks and inspiration.
—University of California, Berkeley
The audience went wild over her reading.
—Room of Her Own Conference, New Mexico
I was gratified that our students responded so sincerely and passionately, a result I’m sure not only of the cadences and themes of your poems, but the open dialogue you maintained throughout the reading. Your gift became ours.
—Nassau Community College, New York
Annie Finch’s poetry reading was fabulous and very well-received.
Annie Finch’s poetry emboldens the spirit and enlightens the soul, offering the listener a journey like no other.
—Counterbalance Poetry Series, Seattle
Believing that love for poetry is the birthright of all, Annie has the gift of inspiring people of any background with her contagious passion for the art and craft of the poet. She has visited lecture halls, literary centers, classrooms, conferences, and writing groups around the country and the world and is currently booking visits including readings, lectures, and meeting with classes or workshops. Fees are negotiable. Please get in touch via the contact form to discuss your needs.
Annie's visits have been sponsored by university Departments of English, Creative Writing, Women's Studies, French, Music, Theater, Religious Studies, and Environmental Studies as well as by community groups and literary centers. Her presentations can center on topics including
- Introduction to Poetic Meter
- Form and Postmodern Poetics
- Feminist Poetics or Politics & Poetics
- Performance and Collaboration
- Poetic Translation
Please contact Annie to discuss your specific needs. She will be happy to work with you to design a visit uniquely suited to the needs of your group no matter what their background.
Your Exercises and Instruction Were Magical.
"Your Exercises and Instruction Were Magical."
The Workshop was an Absolute Revelation.
"An Absolute Revelation!"
Annie is a Force of Nature.
"Annie is a Force of Nature."
Annie is the Teacher Many of Us Yearn For, and Some are Lucky Enough to Work With. There is Such a Need for Her Earth and Heart Based Teachings.
"Annie is the Teacher Many of Us Yearn For, and Some are Lucky Enough to Work With. There is Such a Need for Her Earth and Heart Based Teachings."
This Woman is Worth Her Weight in Gold.
"This Woman is Worth Her Weight in Gold."
teaching and lectures include
Alan Neff Visiting Writer, University of Central Illinois
Assumption College, Worcester, MA
College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
Poet-in-Residence, Bluffton College, OH
Guilford College, NC
College of Santa Fe
College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
Columbia College, Chicago
Jackson Lecture Series, University of Toronto
Hearst Center for the Arts, Iowa
McGrath Lecture Series, Morehead, MN
Nassau Community College Visiting Writer, NY
Noepe Center for Literary Arts, Martha's Vineyard
Poet-in-Residence, Elon College, NC
teaching and lectures include
Room of Her Own Conference, Santa Fe, NM
Ruskin Art Center, Los Angeles
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University Poetry Center
Simon’s Rock College, Great Barrington, MA.
University of Minnesota
University of Montana, Missoula
University of New Orleans
University of Salamanca, Spain
University of San Diego
University of Vermont, Burlington
Wheaton College, Wheaton, MA
Writer's Place. Kansas City