“A Warehouse of Poetic Knowledge.”
"A Warehouse of Poetic Knowledge."
“She is the Consummate Teacher.”
"She is the Consummate Teacher."
“Your Exercises and Instruction Were Magical.”
"Your Exercises and Instruction Were Magical."
“Annie is a Force of Nature.”
"Annie is a Force of Nature."
“This Woman is Worth Her Weight in Gold.”
"This Woman is Worth Her Weight in Gold."
“An Absolute Revelation!”
"An Absolute Revelation!"
“I Learned More in One Hour Than in Any Poetry Class I’ve Taken.”
"I Learned More in One Hour Than in Any Poetry Class I've Taken."
“Annie is a Poem-Whisperer.”
"Annie is a Poem-Whisperer."
Annie Finch grew up with a tradition of memorizing and reciting metrical poetry on both sides of her family. She first learned prosody and scansion as a Yale undergraduate from Penelope Laurans, widow of Robert Fitzgerald, teacher of a legendary class on poetic form at Harvard. Annie went on to earn an MA in creative writing-poetry (University of Houston), followed by a Ph.D in English Language and Literature (Stanford) with a concentration on Meter and Versification. With an orals committee including faculty from Linguistics as well as English, she was the first doctoral student at Stanford to pursue such a concentration. Her dissertation, “The Fate of Iambic Pentameter in American Poetry,” which sets forth the theory of “the metrical code,” was published as The Ghost of Meter: Culture and Prosody in American Free Verse by University of Michigan Press (1993).
Since then, in addition to seven books of poetry, Annie has published books on meter and poetic form for poets, scholars, and poetry lovers including A Poet’s Ear: A Handbook of Meter and Form, A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry, and The Body of Poetry:Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self and edited or coedited anthologies including An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets on the Diversity of Their Art, A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women, After New Formalism: Poets on Form and Narrative, Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetry, Multiformalisms: Postmodern Poetics of Form, Villanelles, and Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters.
Annie has taught meter and scansion to poets and poetry-lovers of every background, age, and level of education and poetic experience from kindergarten to post-graduate school. She has lectured on meter and poetry at universities including University of Toronto, Notre Dame, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard, facilitated at writing conferences including West Chester Poetry Conference, A Room of Her Own, and Poetry by the Sea, taught as a tenured professor of creative writing at Miami University, and served for a decade as Director of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing. In addition to awards for her poetry (National Poetry Series Finalist, Yale Series of Younger Poets Finalist, and the Sarasvati Award), she has received the Robert Fitzgerald Award for her lifetime contribution to the art and craft of Versification. With Rozanne Gold and Marianela Medrano, she started the Women, Poetry, and Spirituality retreats at Garrison Institute, and she is the founder of Magic of Rhythmic Writing, a transformative holistic system of self-exploration through language rhythm accessible to seekers from all backgrounds.