About Ann E. Michael

Poet, essayist, librettist, and educator Ann E. Michael currently resides in eastern Pennsylvania, a mid-Atlantic valley region that influences much of her work. She is a past recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Plainfield VT, in 2003. Ms. Michael has written libretti for cantatas and choral works, most frequently with composer Alla Borzova.

Ann E. Michael’s poems and essays have been widely published in many journals, including Poem, Natural Bridge, Ninth Letter, Runes, The Comstock Review, Diner, Sentence, Slant, ISLE, The Writer’s Chronicle, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts and others, as well as in numerous literary anthologies. Her chapbooks include More than Shelter, The Minor Fauna, Small Things Rise & Go, and The Capable Heart. Her full-length collection, Water-Rites, was published July of 2012 and is available from Brick Road Poetry Press.

Ann E. Michael: Water-Rites/Brick Road Poetry Press, 2012

In addition to writing, Ann E. Michael is an educator whose current position as Writing Coordinator at DeSales University keeps her engaged with undergraduate students writing in a wide range of disciplines and encompassing remedial through advanced academic writing projects; she also teaches Introduction to Poetry. In the past, she has worked with students K-12 through artist-in-the-schools residencies and with ongoing writing-critique groups. Her expertise extends to editing and tutoring for academic and creative writing at all levels, undergraduate to professional.


Praise for Water-Rites

Available from Brick Road Poetry Press
[In these poems] the reader is given a microcosm of the manuscript as a whole; the living, the dying, the naming, the water—the endless cycles of life. Water-Rites takes its reader on an undulating lyrical journey that begins with witness, moves through understanding, and ends with a reinterpretation of what it means to be alive…a testimony to everything that continues to grow.
—Elena Georgiou, author of Mercy Mercy Me


mammatus clouds

Ann Michael, in Water-Rites, does not offer a quick rebalancing act, but plumbs the depths of loss and looks carefully at her surroundings to glean further meanings. Her observation is keen and her language reaches to encompass the rhythms inside what she observes, whether in nature, in relationship or struggling alone and in grief.
—Beatrix Gates, author of In the Open


By the conclusion of [Michael’s] book, there is a sense of redemption. Like in nature, there is new life after death. In the poem That Love Goes On, Michael writes that we learn the sun will/reappear from behind fog or darkness, that water will/wet earth, make mud, produce the leaf and seed, before concluding the poem with the optimistic lines, that death shuts out the purpose of/ears and eyes, that love goes on.

Water-Rites is a fine collection of lyric and narrative poems. The dead come alive through Michael’s lines, as she tries to reconcile what she lost. The book also serves as a reminder that the universe can be a harsh place, even more so if we have little respect for nature and are not cautious about how our actions impact the environment.
—Brian Fanelli, author of Front Man


This site is where colleagues and readers will find information about my books, announcements of upcoming events I plan to participate in, links to favorite authors, blogs, artwork, and numerous links to my work on the web. Feel free to browse the tabs above for links and information. Contact may be accomplished by emailing juanitafb (at) aol (dot) com.


Photo by David Sloan

33 comments on “About Ann E. Michael

  1. Dave Bonta says:

    WordPress.com does have a cloud-based hosting architecture, so congratulations: you are not only on the net and on the web, you are also on a cloud. What this means in practical sense is that, unlike us independently hosted folks, you don’t have to worry about a sudden massive influx of visitors (should that ever happen) from bringing down your site.


  2. annemichael says:

    Indeed, sudden massive influxes of site visitors would be unexpected.


  3. Ian says:

    Hey Ann, welcome to the world of Blogging! Hope all goes well for you. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. psychevida says:

    Mammatus Clouds seem so much more interesting than Cloud-based hosting…

    Ann- Thank you for this very lovely site. I am always delighted to discover beautiful language!


  5. Hi there. Nice to meet you. Thank you for following my blog. 🙂


  6. fivereflections says:

    hello – nice to meet you
    David in Maine USA


  7. i have no idea if my “like” went through, but i do!
    kimberly mayer, alittleelbowroom @ wordpress.com


  8. singingbones says:

    Hi Anne, I finally got my Inspiring Blogger post out, and have nominated you for this oh-so-illustrious award as well…. I really love your blog, and thanks for reading mine too! http://clearskiesbluewater.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/third-times-the-charm-an-award-and-recommended-blogs/ cheers, SB


  9. Ann,
    I’m trying to interlibrary loan your Writer’s Chronicle article, “Past, Present, and Possible…” but I can’t locate the volume/issue/page number information. Could you let me know what that info is?
    Alexandria Peary


  10. Ann, thank you for stopping and liking a couple of recent posts. I look forward to following your blog and reading your poetry.

    Take care,



  11. Hi Ann, I really enjoy reading your blog, so I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award: http://stressingoutcollege.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/the-liebster-award-a-foreign-language-so-it-must-be-important/



  12. truthyoga says:

    Best wishes with your poetic Journey in Life.


  13. […] Thank you Ann! * […]


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  15. Lisa Smith Klohn says:

    Hi Ann,
    Followed a trail of crumbs to your website & will look forward to reading “Water-Rites” which I have just ordered.

    One of your second cousins from corn fields of Indiana,
    Lisa Smith Klohn

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Blogging certainly has changed the world wouldn’t you say?


  17. zen4poets says:

    Beautifully done, much like its creator. Still think about you often and now you give me a roadmap to how to blog on the highest level. Just wonderful

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Lou Faber says:

    And a thank you. Really liked your work on Peacock Journal and the journal itself (more now since they agreed to publish three of my works in the coming week or so). Miss seeing you but reading you is the next best thing.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Christina Dimase says:

    If you ever find a copy of Ariel Dawson’s book in your article please sell
    Me a copy.
    I just found out about her passing.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. babs430 says:

    Thank you for posting a memorial forbAriel Dawson.
    She was my teacher and later therapist for many years, and was devastated to learn of her passing. She helped me changed my life and I would love to share thoughts and memories with you.
    Do you really have an extra one if her books? I’ve tried for years to find one!



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