Anne Babson

Author's Bio

I am a poet, librettist, lyricist and blogger who straddles the Mason-Dixon line to talk about the American experience in as much of its richness as possible. I am surely the only poet in America published by both the Communist Party and the Christian Right. I strive to write truth that people from very diverse backgrounds will find edifying and delightful. To do this, I engage with both ancient and contemporary texts and attempt to excavate something timeless from both.

Publications and Prizes

Polite Occasions
(Unsolicited Press, 2018)
, The White Trash Pantheon
(VOX Press, 2015)
America Loomed Before Us: Poetry from the Other USA
(Smokestack Books, 2008)
, Discoveries: New Writing from the Iowa Review
(Iowa Review Press, 2014)
, Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature
(Abilene Christian University Press, 2012)
, Nasty Women Poets: an Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse
(Lost Horse Press, 2017)
Abbey Magazine, Adelaide Literary Magazine, All Things Girl, American Dissident, Ancient Paths, Ann Arbor Review, Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal, Artisan, Asylum, Atlanta Review, Barefoot Muse, Barrow Street, Bible Advocate, Blossombones, Bogg, Bravado, Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, Burst, California Quarterly, Cantaraville, Christianity and Literature, Cider Press Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Cleaver Magazine, Coal City Review, Coldnoon: Travel Poetics, Columbia Journal, Concho River Review, Connecticut Review, Connecticut River Review, Controlled Burn, Convergence, Cranial Tempest, Crannóg, Crucible, Current Accounts/Bank Street Writers, Dappled Things, Denver Syntax, Descant, Diner, Edgz, English Journal, Epicenter, Fish Drum, Forge, Friends Journal, Gin Bender, Grasslands Review, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Hazmat Review, Home Planet News, Ilya's Honey, Indiana Voice Journal, Iodine Poetry Journal, Iota, Iowa Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Karamu, Kennesaw Review, Kentucky Review, Language and, Left Curve, Locust, Lotus-eater, Lummox, Medicinal Purposes, mojo risin', Moon Milk Review, New Plains Review, New Zoo Review, Newfound, Not One of Us, nth position, Nuthouse, Oberon, Offcourse Literary Journal, On the Bus, Pacific Coast Journal, Paradoxism, Pegasus, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Penwood Review, Perspectives, Pikeville Review, Plainsongs, Poem, Poesia, Poetic Matrix, Poetica, Poetry Midwest, Poetry Motel, Poetry Salzburg Review, Prime Number Magazine, Punkin House Digest, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Ragazine, Red Dirt, Red Lion Square, Red Owl, Red Rock Review, Reed Magazine, Rio, Rio Grande Review, River Oak Review, Rockford Review, Saint Katherine Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Shampoo, Shemom, Ship of Fools, Slant, Soul-Lit, Spilt Milk, Switchback, Taproot Literary Review, Adirondack Review, Ampersand Review, Blind Man's Rainbow, Chaffey Review, The Christian Century, The Chrysalis Reader, The Coachella Review, The Comstock Review, The Evergreen Review, Foundling Review, Hollins Critic, The Iconoclast, The Legendary, The Louisiana Review, The Lyric, The Madison Review, The Main Street Rag, The Minnesota Review, The Neovictorian/Cochlea, Raintown Review, The Scrambler, The Sierra Nevada Review, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The St. Petersburg Review, Summerset Review , The Tower Journal, White Pelican Review, The Windless Orchard, Third Wednesday, Time of Singing, Tipton Poetry Journal, TSR: The Southampton Review, Tuck Magazine, Tule Review, Two Hawks Quarterly, Umbrella Factory Magazine, Vanilla, Wavelength, Westchester Review, Wide Angle NY, Wild Violet, Windhover, Wisconsin Review, Yefief, Yuan Yang: A Journal of Hong Kong & International Writing
Counterterrorist Poems
(Pudding House Publications, 2002)
, Dictation
(Partisan Press, 2001)
, Poems Under Surveillance
(Finishing Line Press, 2013)
, Uppity Poems
(Alpha Beat Press, 1999)
Prizes Won: 
2014 Colby H. Kullman Award for THE WHITE TRASH PANTHEON. 4-time Pushcart Nominee. Featured on Poetry Daily Winner of residency grants from Yaddo and Vermont Studio Center Winner of Columbia and Spoon River Poetry Journal Prizes

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Anglo-Norman Poetry by various
The Book of Chivalry by Geffroi de Charny
Lucy Negro Redux by Caroline Randall Williams
Trial transcripts from the trials of the Templar Knights by Helen Nicholson, Tr.

More Information

Listed as: 
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Caucasian, Christian, Feminist, Irish American
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Fluent in: 
English, French
Born in: 
Castro Valley
Raised in: 
New York, NY
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Last updated: Apr 08, 2018