Annie Finch

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October 31, 1956

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Annie Finch is a poet, writer, speaker, performer, and teaching artist. She performs across the U.S. and abroad and has been quoted and interviewed by The New York Times, National Public Radio, and Voice of America. Finch's books include Spells, Calendars, Eve, Goddess Poems, The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells, and Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams. 

Finch's performances, Poetry Witch Ritual Theater shows, and poetic collaborations with theater and music have been produced at venues including Carnegie Hall, Deepak Chopra's Homebase, Spoleto Festival, American Opera Projects, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her books about poetry include A Poet’s Craft, The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the
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Annie Finch The answer is different for poetry and prose. For poetry, it's being able to share with others the joyful seeds and flowers of inspiration that my…moreThe answer is different for poetry and prose. For poetry, it's being able to share with others the joyful seeds and flowers of inspiration that my relationship with the Muse bestows on me. For prose, it's the opportunity to learn and grow and shape myself as a person through the process of writing and revision.
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Beyond excited that I will be there tonight. I feel that in some ways I owe my life to Ntozake Shange. For Colored Girls popped off a bookshelf at me when I was 23, lost and dead inside, and trapped in NYC. I enrolled for an MFA at Houston and went to Texas because she was…


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“I feel the nights stretching away
thousands long behind the days
till they reach the darkness where
all of me is ancestor.”
Annie Finch, Spells: New and Selected Poems

“Criticism is like politics: if you don't make your own you are by default accepting the status quo and are finally yourself responsible for whatever the status quo does to you.”
Annie Finch, The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self

“Point your fire like a flower.”
Annie Finch, Calendars

“Point your fire like a flower.”
Annie Finch, Calendars

“Live not for Battles Won.
Live not for The-End-of-the-Song.
Live in the along.”
Gwendolyn Brooks, Report from Part One

“Let my worship be within the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.”
Doreen Valiente, Charge of the Goddess: The Mother of Modern Witchcraft

“I feel the nights stretching away
thousands long behind the days
till they reach the darkness where
all of me is ancestor.”
Annie Finch, Spells: New and Selected Poems

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message 8: by Annie

Annie thank you Jill!


message 7: by Annie

Annie Nice to hear from you Susan! and thanks for the good words, Wendy et al! Susan, your friend might also like my newest book on how to write poetry, A Poet's Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry--a distillation of my lifetime's knowledge.


message 6: by Susan

Susan Hi, Annie,
I just recommended two of your books to a friend who was thrilled to buy both -- A Formal Feeling Comes & An Exaltation of Forms. She is spewing something sort of like poetry; at least it is deeply felt and whimsical. The project I was doing on women poets using Greek myth is still on hold, but I have something else up my sleeve. So Glad you are on GR!


message 5: by Wendy

Wendy Babiak I am loving Multiformalisms. Thanks so much for bringing this amazing book into existence!


message 4: by Wendy

Wendy Babiak Hi Annie. Just put A Formal Feeling Comes and Multiformalisms on my wishlist. I'm very excited about them.


message 3: by Jill (last edited May 14, 2009 03:47AM)

Jill Chan Thank you for the beautiful poem in Numinous

http://numinousmagazine.wordpress.com

Have to check out one of your books sometime.



message 2: by Ed

Ed Thanks for the add, Annie. Thanks for the listing. I'll keep an eye out for your poetry volumes.

Good reading to you,

Ed Lynskey


Abbeville Press Hi Annie, and thanks for the add.

We do hope you check back with us for updates on our books and our exciting new online media.


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