Fanny Howe: Biography

Fanny Howe

15 okt 1940

Fanny Howe is a well-known poet and an author. She was born on Oct 15, 1940 in Buffalo, New-York but grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fanny was always surrounded by skilled people. Her father was a lawyer, her mother an actress, her sister a poet, her husband a poet and writer and one of her daughter is also a novelist.

Fanny’s unique way of analysing sounds and making experiences as themes of poetry makes her work stand apart. One of her poetry, ‘Second Childhood’ was a finalist for the National Book Award. Few of her other poetry collections include, ‘Come and See, On the Ground, Gone, Selected Poems, Forged, Q, One Crossed Out, O’clock, and The End.

Few of Fanny’s novels include Nod, The Deep North, Famous Questions, Saving History and Indivisible. Similar to her works, even her awards list goes on. She had won the 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, an award in Literature in the year 2008 from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2009 and also Fellowship from the Bunting Institute and MacDowell Colony.

Apart from being an author, Fanny Howe has taught in many universities for almost 20 years and is currently a professor at the University of California at San Diego. She has also worked as a visiting writer in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts – Boston.