Raised in Oklahoma, Anna Weaver lives in North Carolina with her two daughters. She’s a regular at Triangle-area open mics and readings and has performed in coffee shops, bars, art galleries, and her local science museum.
Recently, she re-launched her own open mic event—Tongue & Groove—in downtown Raleigh, where you can find her every second Sunday.
Her poems have appeared in print journals, online zines, anthologies, civic art installations, and coffee bags (no, really).
She writes as a former soldier in the US Army Reserve, a mind solidly imprinted by 20 years under the big skies of Oklahoma, and a woman “with loyalties scattered over the landscape” (to steal from Marge Piercy). Not necessarily in that order and never all at once.
A self-described open mic tourist, Anna aims to read in all 50 states, starting with the lower 48, by 2020. So far she’s up to 25, including events in Raleigh, Durham, Chicago, Savannah, Atlanta, Nashville, Las Vegas, New York City, Charleston, Oakland, Norfolk, Kansas City (MO), Texas, Oklahoma, Maryland, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Jersey, Maine (which totally counts even though no one else showed up), Ohio, Florida, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, and Hawaii (times 2).
Plus the District of Columbia, just for good measure.