Raised in Oklahoma, Anna lives in North Carolina with her two daughters. She’s a regular at open mics and readings in the Raleigh area and has performed in coffee shops, bars, art galleries, and restaurants. She writes and performs science poetry on the fly as part of Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, she’s written poetry on demand and performed at the burlesque night at Raleigh’s annual SPARKcon arts festival, and she’s been a featured reader at events in North Carolina and Virginia.
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 (so far).
With two daughters, a day job, an open mic poetry habit, and a serious case of wanderlust, Anna had to find a way of combining hobbies. In 2012, on a string of work trips she took a notion to find an open mic in Chicago, Atlanta, and Nashville. A year or so later, in a friendly conversation about crazy ideas she more or less dared herself to make it to an open mic in all 50 states.
Since then, nearly every travel opportunity has added a pin to her map. She’s now up to 24 states—from Florida to Maine to southern California and parts in between. All while hosting her own open mic in Raleigh and somehow holding down that day job and keeping her kids alive.
In June 2017, while on a family vacation, she will hit the halfway mark on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Media Coverage and Video/Audio Links
- “go” (duet with Doc Hutchings), Jan 2017
- “jokes with civilians,” Writer’s Block Poetry Night, Columbus, OH Oct 2016
- “one last personals ad,” Mic Check, Bryan, TX, Sep 2015
- It’s Slam Night at Stars Theater, Fuquay-Varina Community News, Feb 2015
- ‘Passion’ Performance Provides Variety, Daily Tar Heel, Dec 2013
- “Ode to Ed Hochuli’s Biceps,” The Shuffle, Winston-Salem, NC, Oct 2013