Annie's anthology of writers on abortion, Choice Words, including authors such as Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Ntozake Shange, and Amy Tan with a foreword by Gloria Steinem, is almost completed. Please contact Annie if you would like to help with funding permissions for this crucial project.
The Sunday New York Times featured Annie's poem "Winter Solstice Chant," and her thoughts on the winter solstice, in pilot and essayist Mark Vanhoenacker's meditative essay on the winter solstice season .
“Casting Spells,” a full-length interview with Annie about poetry, earth-centered spirituality, and her new book, Spells, was featured in American Poetry Review. The interview, conducted by writer Alexandria Giardino, used the groundbreaking technique of incorporating questions from numerous other poets and editors including Kazim Ali, Forrest Gander, Brenda Hillman, Maxine Kumin, Ethelbert Miller, Alicia Ostriker, Patricia Smith, and many more. The interview may be ordered from American Poetry Review.
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 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 The book gathers poems from all of Annie’s previous books as well as new and previously unpublished poems.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.
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.
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.
Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams was 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.
Annie’s early 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.