“I came to poetry after the births of my three children. In a particularly lonely time, when I had moved with my family to Seattle from Bellingham and knew very little of my new city, I took Nelson Bentley’s night class at the University of Washington. It felt as if I had come home, and poetry, reading and writing it, has sustained me ever since, often through tumultuous times.
I have taken many workshops and courses. In addition to my teaching at Bellevue College, then Bellevue Community College, I’ve taught a number of workshops, given innumerable readings–including a lecture at a Virginia Mason Separation and Loss Institute conference on grief and art–and worked in the Washington State Poets in the Schools program.”
“Winter Arguments” (Ahadada Books, 2011) is Anne Pitkin’s third collection after “Yellow” (Arrowood Books, 1989) and the chapbook “Notes for Continuing the Performance” (Jawbone Press, 1977). Her work has also appeared in numerous journals and periodicals including Malahat Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattle and New Orleans Review. (See “Anne Pitkin Online” links in the right sidebar for samples of Anne’s work that you can read online.)
Anne grew up in Clarksville, TN, and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University. She earned a second Master’s from Antioch University in 1988. She has worked both as a community college instructor and as a psychotherapist.
An Editor emeritus of Fine Madness, an international poetry magazine published in Seattle, Anne is a mother of three, and grandmother of two. She currently lives in Seattle, where she plays jazz piano with her friends.