Annie Finch was born in New Rochelle, New York in 1956. Her mother was a poet and doll-artist, her father a scholar of philosophy and religion. She studied poetry and poetry-writing at Yale, verse-drama with Ntozake Shange at the University of Houston 's graduate creative writing program, and earned a Ph.D in English and American Literature from Stanford University. Her books of poetry include Calendars (Tupelo, 2003), shortlisted for the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award; Eve (Story Line, ..
"Like architecture, poetry is an art that creates habitable structures within uninhabitable expanses through the use of repetition, proportion, and pattern. The poet, like the architect, is joyfully and painfully aware of both the provisional nature, and the complete necessity, of such habitable structures." --From an Interview in FULCRUM Magazine, 2005