Fanny Howe - August 23, 2012

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Fanny Howe
Born Fanny Quincy Howe
October 15, 1940
Buffalo, New York
Occupation Poet, novelist, and short story writer
Nationality United States American
Notable award(s) 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize, 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
Children Danzy Senna, Lucien Quincy Senna, Maceo Senna
Relative(s) Mary Manning, Susan Howe

Fanny Howe (born October 15, 1940) is an American poet, novelist, and short story writer.[1][2]


Howe was born in Buffalo, New York. Her father was a lawyer, and her Irish-born mother had been 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.[3]

As a Civil Rights activist, she met and married the activist Carl Senna, who is of African-Mexican descent and is also a poet and writer. They are the parents of the novelist Danzy Senna, Lucien Quincy Senna, and Maceo Senna.

She has taught at Tufts University, Emerson College, Columbia University, Yale University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[4] She is professor emerita of Writing and Literature at the University of California, San Diego.


Howe has become one of the most widely read of American experimental poets.Template:Cn 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."[4]

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."[5]


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).[6] Her poem "Catholic" was selected by Lyn Hejinian for the 2004 volume of The Best American Poetry.[7]

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. .[8]

Howe was awarded the 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize,[9] presented annually by the Poetry Foundation to a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition.

She has also won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, the California Council for the Arts, and the Village Voice.[10]



  • Eggs: Poems. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1970.
  • The Amerindian Coastline Poem. New York: Telephone Books Press, 1975.
  • Poem from a Single Pallet. Berkeley, CA: Kelsey Street Press, 1980.
  • Alsace-Lorraine. Guilford, CT: Telephone Books Press, 1982.
  • For Erato: The meaning of life. Berkeley, CA: Tuumba Press, 1984.
  • Robeson Street: Poems. Cambridge, MA: Alice James Books, 1985.
  • Introduction to the World. Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1986.
  • The Lives of a Spirit. Los Angeles, CA: Sun & Moon Press, 1987.
  • The Vineyard. Provicence, RI: Lost Roads Publishers, 1988.
  • [sic]. La Jolla, CA: Parentheses Writing Series, 1988.
  • The Quietist. Oakland, CA: O Books, 1991.
  • The End: Poems. Los Angeles, CA: Littoral Books, 1992.
  • O'Clock. London: Reality Street, 1995.
  • One Crossed Out. St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 1997.
  • Forged. Sausalito, CA: Post-Apollo Press, 1999.
  • Parts from Indivisible. New York: Belladonna Books / Boog Literature, 2000.
  • Angria. San Francisco: A+bend, 2000.
  • Selected Poems. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2000.
  • Gone: Poems. Berkeley, Ca: University of California Press, 2003.
  • Tis of Thee. Berkeley, CA: Atelos, 2003.
  • On the Ground. St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2004.
  • Tramp. Montreal: Vallum, 2005.
  • The Lives of a Spirit / Glasstown: Where something got broken. Beacon, NY: Nightboat Books, 2005.
  • The Lyrics. St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2007.
  • Emergence. London: Reality Street, 2010.
  • Come and See: Poems. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2011.
  • Second Childhood. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2014.


  • First Marriage. New York: Avon, 1974.
  • Bronte Wilde: A novel. New York: Avon, 1976.
  • Holy Smoke. New York: Fiction Collective, 1979.
  • The White Slave. New York: Avon, 1980.
  • In the Middle of Nowhere: A novel. New York: Fiction Collective, 1984.
  • The Deep North. Los Angeles, CA: Sun & Moon Press, 1988.
  • Famous Questions: A novel. New York: Available Press / Ballantine Books, 1989.
  • Saving HistoryLos Angeles, CA: Sun & Moon Press, 1993.
  • Nod. Los Angeles, CA: Sun & Moon Press, 1998.
  • Indivisible. Los Angeles, CA: Semiotext(e), 2000.
  • Radical Love: 5 Novels (Nod, The Deep North, Famous Questions, Saving History, & Indivisible). Beacon, NY: Nightboat Books, 2006.

Short fictionEdit

  • Forty Whacks. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1969; London: Gollancz, 1971.
  • Economics: Stories. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2002.


  • The Wedding Dress: Meditations on word and life. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003.
  • The Winter Sun: Notes on a vocation. St.Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2009.


  • The Blue Hills. New York: Avon, 1981.
  • Yeah, But. New York: Avon 1982.
  • Radio City. New York: Avon, 1984.
  • Taking Care. New York: Avon, 1985.
  • Race of the Radical. New York: Viking Kestrel, 1985.
  • What Did I Do Wrong? (illustrated by Colleen McCallion). Chicago: Flood Editions, 2009.


  • Henia Karmel-Wolfe & Ilona Karmel, A Wall of Two: Poems of resistance and suffering from Kraków to Buchenwald and beyond (translated with Arie A. Galles & Warren Niesluchowski). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[11]

Audio / videoEdit

Poet Fanny Howe reads "Veteran" from Selected Poems02:18

Poet Fanny Howe reads "Veteran" from Selected Poems

Except where noted, discographical information courtesy WorldCat.[11]

See alsoEdit


  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 9781851096145. 
  2. "2005 Shortlist - Fanny Howe". The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  3. "Fanny Howe". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Fanny Howe". The Academy of American Poets. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  5. Joshua Glenn (March 7, 2004). "Bewildered in Boston". The Boston Globe. Subscription required.
  6. Lehman, David, ed (2003). "Fanny Howe". Great American Prose Poems: from Poe to the Present. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743229890. 
  7. Hejinian, Lyn; Lehman, David, eds (2004). "Catholic". The Best American Poetry 2004. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743257572. 
  8. "Fanny Howe and Ange Mlinko Receive Major Literary Awards from Poetry Foundation". The Poetry Foundation. April 14, 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  9. "Fanny Howe and Ange Mlinko Receive Major Literary Awards from Poetry Foundation". The Poetry Foundation. April 14, 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  10. Fanny Howe, New York Review of Books,, Web, Jan. 22, 2012.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Search results = au:Fanny Howe, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 30, 2014.

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