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Ann Townsend was born in Pittsburgh, raised in Pennsylvania and New Orleans, and earned her BA from Denison University and her MA and PhD in English literature from The Ohio State University. Townsend’s work fuses pastoral, domestic, and metaphysical concerns in verse that is often described as formally subtle and acute. She has cited Andrew Marvell, James Thomson, and John Clare as major influences. Townsend’s collections of poetry include Dime Store Erotics (1998) and The Coronary Garden (2005). With her husband, the writer and scholar David Baker, she edited Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (2007) and released the chapbook Holding Katherine (1996). She has written two additional chapbooks, Modern Love (1995) and The Braille Woods (1997).   The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, Townsend has also been awarded an Individual Artist’s Grant in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. 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).   Townsend has taught at the Antioch Writers Workshop, the Catskills Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Workshop. She directs the Creative Writing Program at Denison University, where she is a professor in the English department. She is also a member of the MFA faculty at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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