Annie Finch

Annie Finch

Editor, Poet & Author

Annie Finch, editor of Choice Words: Writers on Abortion, is an award-winning feminist poet and writer. Her eighteen books include Spells: New and Selected Poems  and Calendars. Her ritual poem on abortion, Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams, received the Sarasvati Award in Poetry. Recognized as an authority on poetic meter and craft, Annie has published numerous books on poetics including The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self and A Poet's Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (University of Michigan Press). She has also edited influential poetics anthologies including A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women, An Exaltation of Forms, Villanelles, and Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. Annie’s poetry has been performed at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, installed in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and published in Poetry, The Paris Review, The New York Times, and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. She holds a BA from Yale and a Ph.D from Stanford and was awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award for her lifetime contribution to poetics. Known for her mesmerizing performances of her work, Annie has collaborated widely with artists in theater, dance, and music. Based in Washington, DC, she travels to teach and to perform her work.

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