Finch, Annie (1956 - )

Genre: Non-Fiction - Scholarly, Poetry

Originally from New York and with longstanding family ties to Maine, writer, poet, translator, editor, critic and teacher Annie Finch lives in Falmouth, Maine with husband Glen Brand, an environmental activist with the Sierra Club, and their children. She is director of the Stonecoast low-residency MFA at the University of Southern Maine. Previously, she was associate professor of English and member of the graduate faculty of the creative writing program at Miami University in Ohio. Finch attended Simon's Rock Early College (Mass.), received a B.A. (English) from Yale in 1979, an M.A. (creative writing) from the University of Houston in 1986, and a Ph.D from Stanford (literature) in 1990.

Finch's poems have appeared in numerous journals including Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Fulcrum Magazine, Poetry, Paris Review, and in anthologies including The Norton Anthology of World Poetry. She has collaborated on musical and theater productions including, with composer Deborah Drattell, the opera 'Marina: A Captive Spirit' based on the life of poet Marina Tsvetaeva (2003, American Opera Productions).

Selected Bibliography

  • The Encyclopedia of Scotland (1982/2004)
  • The Ghost of Meter: Culture and Prosody in American Free Verse (1993)
  • A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women (1994)
  • Catching the Mermother (1996)
  • Eve (1997)
  • After New Formalism: Poets on Form, Narrative, and Tradition (1999)
  • Carolyn Kizer: Perspectives on Her Life & Work (2001), co-edited with Johanna Keller and Candace McClelland
  • Season Poems (2002)
  • An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art (2002), co-edited with Kathrine Varnes
  • Calendars (2003)
  • Home Birth (2004)
  • The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self (2005)
  • Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics (2005), co-edited with Maxine Kumin and Deborah Brown
  • Complete Poetry and Prose: A Bilingual Edition (2005/2006)
  • A Poet's Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (2012)

Selected Resources