Fanny Howe

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Fanny Howe
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Born Fanny Quincy Howe
(1940-10-15) October 15, 1940 (age 73)
Buffalo, New York
Occupation Poet, novelist, and short story writer
Nationality American
Notable awards 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize, 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
Children Danzy Senna, Lucien Quincy Senna, Maceo Senna
Relatives Mary Manning, Susan Howe

Fanny Howe (born October 15, 1940 in Buffalo, New York) is an American poet, novelist, and short story writer.[1][2] She has written many novels in prose collection. Howe was awarded the 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize,[3] presented annually by the Poetry Foundation to a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition.

Life[edit]

Her father was a lawyer, and her Irish-born mother was an actress at the Abbey Theatre of Dublin for some time. Her sister is Susan Howe, who also became a poet. Fanny Howe grew up with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[4] She attended Stanford University for three years, and in 1961—the year she left Stanford—she married Frederick Delafield, whom she divorced two years later.[5]

As a Civil Rights activist, she met and married the activist Carl Senna in the 1970s, who is of African-Mexican descent and is also a poet and writer. They are the parents of the novelist Danzy Senna, who writes about growing up biracial in the 1970s and 80s in her novel Caucasia. Howe and Senna also had two other children, Lucien Quincy Senna, and Maceo Senna.

She has taught at Tufts University, Emerson College, Kenyon College, Columbia University, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Georgetown University .[6] She is professor emerita of Writing and Literature at the University of California, San Diego. Currently she lives in Boston.

Career[edit]

Howe has become one of the most widely read of American experimental poets.[citation needed] She has also published several novels, including Lives of the Spirit/Glasstown: Where Something Got Broken (2005), and The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life (2003), a collection of essays.

Poet Michael Palmer:

Fanny Howe employs a sometimes fierce, always passionate, spareness in her lifelong parsing of the exchange between matter and spirit. Her work displays as well a political urgency, that is to say, a profound concern for social justice and for the soundness and fate of the polis, the "city on a hill". Writes Emerson, The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty. Here's the luminous and incontrovertible proof.[6]

Joshua Glenn:

Fanny Howe isn't part of the local literary canon. But her seven novels about interracial love and utopian dreaming offer a rich social history of Boston in the 1960s and '70s.[7]

Howe's prose poems, "Everything's a Fake" and "Doubt", were selected by David Lehman for the anthology Great American Prose Poems: from Poe to the Present (2003).[8] Her poem "Catholic" was selected by Lyn Hejinian for the 2004 volume of The Best American Poetry.[9]

Fanny Howe adding emphasis to her poetry at a West Tisbury Public Library gathering on Martha's Vineyard - 23 August 2012.

Howe's Selected Poems won the 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. On the Ground was on the international shortlist for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize. Howe received the 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.[3]

Publications[edit]

Poetry[edit]

Fiction[edit]

Young Adult Fiction[edit]

Essays[edit]

Reviews[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zimmer, Melanie (2008). "Fanny Quincy Howe". In Byrne, James Patrick; Coleman, Philip; King, Jason Francis. Ireland and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History : A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia, Volume 2. ABC-CLIO. pp. 427–430. ISBN 978-1-85109-614-5. 
  2. ^ "2005 Shortlist - Fanny Howe". The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Fanny Howe and Ange Mlinko Receive Major Literary Awards from Poetry Foundation". The Poetry Foundation. April 14, 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Fanny Howe". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  5. ^ "Fanny (Quincy) Howe". encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  6. ^ a b "Fanny Howe". The Academy of American Poets. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  7. ^ Joshua Glenn (March 7, 2004). "Bewildered in Boston". The Boston Globe. Subscription required.
  8. ^ Lehman, David, ed. (2003). "Fanny Howe". Great American Prose Poems: from Poe to the Present. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-2989-0. 
  9. ^ Hejinian, Lyn; Lehman, David, eds. (2004). "Catholic". The Best American Poetry 2004. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-5757-2. 

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