Fanny Howe grew up in Boston and moved to California when she was seventeen. Since then she has written many novels, poems and essays. She has won two NEA awards, a California Council for the Arts Award, a Guggenheim and the Lenore Marshall poetry award among others and has taught at Tufts University, Columbia, MIT and is Professor Emerita at the University of California, San Diego. Five of her novels are appearing in one volume in Fall, 2006, from Nightboat Books. This collection will be titled Radical Love.
A new collection of poems, The Lyrics, is due out from Graywolf Press in 2007 as well as a translation from the Polish of poems by Henia and Ilona Karmel, called A Wall of Two (UC Press). Her most recent publications were Economics (Flood Editions), The Wedding Dress, and Gone (UC Press), On The Ground (Graywolf Books) and Tramp from Vallum Press in Canada. She was twice nominated for the International Poetry Award from the Griffin Poetry Prize also in Canada. She has recently returned to live in the Boston area but travels frequently to Ireland where she teaches short courses at Glenstal Abbey.