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Ann Townsend[edit]

Ann Townsend (born December 5, 1962) is an American poet and essayist.

Early Life[edit]

Townsend was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. at Denison University in 1985. Townsend attended Ohio State University, where she received an M.A. and Ph.D.


Since 1992 Townsend has taught modern and contemporary poetry, creative writing, and literary translation at Denison University.[1] She has also taught in the low-residency MFA program at Carlow University.

Her poetry and essays have appeared in such magazines as Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, and The Nation, among others. She has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation,[2] The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council, and is a winner of the Discovery Prize from The Nation. Her poems have been anthologized in American Poetry: The Next Generation (2000), The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets (2000), The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women (2001), and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006).[3]

Her poetry collections include Dime Store Erotics (1998),[4] The Coronary Garden (2005),[5] and Dear Delinquent (2019).[6] She is the co-editor, with David Baker, of the collection Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (2007).[7][8]

In August 2009, Townsend, along with notable American poets Erin Belieu and Cate Marvin, cofounded the national feminist organization VIDA: Women In Literary Arts.[9] Since its founding, VIDA has published an annual report on the status of women writers by tabulating and comparing rates of publication between male and female authors. The VIDA survey, known as the VIDA Count, is the first of its kind and highlights the ways in which gender bias affects American literary publishing. In 2016, Townsend, Belieu and Marvin were the recipients of the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Prize,[10] given in recognition of their work on behalf of the larger literary community.

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • Individual Artists Fellowship, The Ohio Arts Council. 1996.
  • The Discovery/The Nation Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prize of The Unterberg Poetry Center. 2007. [11]
  • Individual Artists Fellowship, The National Endowment for the Arts. 2004
  • Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship. 2014. [12]
  • Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Prize. 2016. [10]


Collections of Poetry[edit]

Edited Collection[edit]

Works Anthologized[edit]


  1. ^ "Ann Townsend". Denison University. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  2. ^ "Ann Townsend". Lannan Foundation. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  3. ^ Foundation, Poetry (2019-02-27). "Ann Townsend". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  4. ^ "https://silverfishreviewpress.com/". Retrieved 2019-02-27. External link in |title= (help)
  5. ^ "The Coronary Garden, Ann Townsend". Sarabande. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  6. ^ "Dear Delinquent, Ann Townsend". Sarabande. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  7. ^ "Radiant Lyre | Graywolf Press". www.graywolfpress.org. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  8. ^ Foundation, Poetry (2019-02-27). "Ann Townsend". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  9. ^ "FAQ". VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  10. ^ a b "Writers for Writers Award, Editor's Award". Poets & Writers. 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
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  12. ^ "Ann Townsend". Lannan Foundation. Retrieved 2019-02-27.

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