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 .
Annie Finch has addressed audiences at hundreds of events, speaking, leading rituals, and performing poetry, at venues including Columbia University, Harvard University, Notre Dame University, Stanford University, Oxford University, University of California at Berkeley, and Yale University. She has led women’s and spiritual gatherings at A Room of Her Own, the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology, Emerging Women, Modern Matriarchal Studies, and Where Womyn Gather. She has appeared across the U.S. and in Canada, in England, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Greece, Ireland, Mexico, and Spain. Annie connects powerfully with listeners and has been received by wildly enthusiastic audiences of up to 4,000 people.
She is the recipient of a B.A. from Yale University, a M.A. from University of Houston, and a Ph.D from Stanford University, and has attained rank of full professor. Annie’s literary archive was purchased by the Beinecke Library at Yale University in 2016.
Annie has been commissioned to write and perform poems including the 9-11 Memorial Poem now permanently installed in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC; Phi Beta Kappa poem at Yale University; and opening the poem for Women’s Poetry Timeline at National Museum of Women in the Arts.
She has been quoted in New Yorker, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and has published in dozens of journals including Kenyon Review, New Republic, Partisan Review, Poetry, and Paris Review. Her poems have been included in esteemed anthologies including the Norton Anthology of World Poetry and Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry.
She has done numerous radio and TV interviews including NPR, Voice of America, and PBS, and poetry featured on MTV’s Def Poetry Jam. She has been spotlighted in extensive interviews in AWP Chronicle and American Poetry Review.
Annie’s poem “winter solstice chant” and quotations were featured in the Sunday New York Times on December 16, 2017 in an article about the spiritual meaning of the solstice.
Annie’s poem "Moon for Our Daughters" circulated by the Academy of American Poets as the Poem-a-Day to over 300,000 readers via email and social media on the day after the 2016 election. On Brainpicker, Maria Popova called the poem “a breath of sanity and hope.”
Annie served for a decade as Director of the Stonecoast Masters of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program, building the program to the 4th ranked low-residency graduate creative writing program in the U.S.
Annie’s twelve books and chapbooks of poetry include Eve (finalist for the National Poetry Series and Yale Series of Younger Poets and reprinted as a Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Classic); Calendars (shortlisted for the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award); Among the Goddesses (winner of the Sarasvati Award for Poetry); and Spells: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2013).
Her music, art, opera, and theater collaborations have been produced at venues including American Opera Projects, Deepak Chopra's Homebase, Poets House, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Art Institute, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Annie has published a dozen widely-used works on poetry including A Poet's Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry and the co-edited anthologies Villanelles and Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters, both in the Random House Everymans Library. Annie’s editing is known for reaching out and building bridges; her anthology An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art was called “revolutionary” for its range and diversity by President Obama’s inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander.
She has visited the Republic of the Congo and Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of a U.S. State Department-sponsored cultural delegation to meet with students, writers, and government officials.
Garrison Keillor noted Annie’s birthday on October 31 on the “Writers Almanac,” and quoted her about poetry and magic. Keillor also chose Annie’s anthology Villanelles as one of 7 recommended 2012 holiday gift books.Portrait of Annie by renowned feminist artist Sudie Rakusin is featured on the cover of Annie’s book Spells: New and Selected Poems.
“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.