Annie Finch's multimedia poetic ritual theater collaborations bring poetry back to its primal roots in performed ceremony and rituals of community transformation. She has worked in collaboration with directors, actors, composers, singers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, visual artists, maskmakers, puppeteers, and more to develop multifaceted new approaches to theater. Annie's scripts currently available for theatrical production include the epic play about abortion, Among the Goddesses, and the eco-ritual Wolf Song. Annie is always interested in working wth artists in other media to develop new scripts in collaboration.
Annie on the Process of Writing "Wolf Song":
I met wolf ecosystem biologist Cristina Eisenberg when we were both fellows at Black Earth Institute. Feeling that my poetry could help her to get the word out about the power of wolves, Cristina invited me to accompany her and her team into the field in Glacier National Park, where she was researching the effects of wolves on the health of the landscape.
Tramping the high fields of the Montana mountains with the team, following narrow wolf-trails past hidden dens, I felt for myself the contrast between the arid, empty, overgrazed landscapes where wolves were extinct, and the thriving landscape where wolves were protected. Thanks to the wolves, deer grazed in natural patterns, and healthy underbrush supported birds, fish, and insects. The wolf is our peer at the peak of the food chain, the keystone to healthy ecologies. Wolves are our sacred wild friends; to harm a wolf is uniquely taboo in Native cultures for good reason, since they are the creatures who keep everything else in balance.