Fanny Howe Is Honored at Poets House

“If someone is alone reading my poems, I hope it would be like reading someone’s notebook. A record. Of a place, beauty, difficulty. A familiar daily struggle,” Fanny Howe explained in a 2004 interview with the Kenyon Review.

On Dec. 14, Poets House honors the life and work of prolific poet, scholar and activist Fanny Howe, author of more than 20 books of poetry and prose, including novels, short stories, books for young adults, and literary essays. Howe has mentored a generation of American poets and scholars working at the intersection of experimental writing and activism. 

Honoring Howe’s lasting legacy are hosts Jennifer Tseng and Kazim Ali, as well as Maureen N. McLane, Rae Armantrout, Peter Gizzi, Carolyn Forché, Jeff Yang, Ben Doller, Xing Senna, and Howe herself.

After dropping out of Stanford University to join the civil rights movement, Howe taught literature at institutions across the country. She has won numerous awards including, in 2008, an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2009. She is currently Professor Emerita in Literature at the University of California at San Diego. 

Admission is $10, $7 for students and seniors

Poets House is at 10 River Terrace. More information here.