Fanny Howe was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1940. She is an American poet, novelist and short story writer. She has written many novels in prose collection, and is the mother of novelist Danzy Senna. Her father was a lawyer and her mother played in Abbey Theatre for some time. She is sister to Susan Howe, also a poet.
|Occupation||Poet, novelist, and short story writer|
|Notable awards||2005 Griffin Poetry Prize, 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize|
|Relatives||Mary Manning, Susan Howe|
Fanny Howe is one of the most widely read of American experimental poets. She has also published several volumes of prose, 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. Several awards have been awarded to her, namely the 2001 Lenore Marshall and Poetry Prize, and the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize. She is currently a professor emerita of Writing and Literature at the University of California, San Diego.
Poet Michael Palmer commented: "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."
Bewildered in Boston by Joshua Glenn states that "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."
- Selected Poems (2000) (shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize)
- Forged (1999)
- Q (1998)
- One Crossed Out (1997)
- O'Clock (1995)
- The End (1992)
- On the Ground (2004) (also shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize)
- The Lyrics (Graywolf Press, 2007)
- Fanny Howe Informatarium
- Fanny Howe Papers
- Griffin Poetry Prize biography, including audio and video clips
- Interview with Kenyon Review
- Fanny Howe page at Ploughshares includes links to Howe's contributions to Ploughshares that began in 1972 with an excerpt from an early novel. Since then she has been a consistent contibutor of poems, essays, and non-fiction. Howe was the guest-editor for an edition of Ploughshares in 1974, and has contributed to this journal as recently as 2004.
- Bewilderment a talk by Fanny Howe, with an excerpt here from a longer version presented 9/25/98 on the Poetics & Readings Series, sponsored by Small Press Traffic at New College, San Francisco. Bewilderment was collected in The Wedding Dress (2003)
- Fanny Howe Interviewed by Jennifer Moxley for info on Jennifer Moxley (link here)