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General Information

Name:  Anne Winters  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1939 in New York, New York

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Illinois Connection

Anne Winters is a Professor Emerita in English from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Anne Winters is an educator and poet. She received her university education at both New York University and Columbia University in New York City and went on to complete her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. She has studied, in various schools, under the well-known American poets Allen Tate, Randall Jarrell and Robert Lowell. At her last position prior to retirement, she taught British literature, the Bible (Winters is well-versed in classical Greek, Latin and Hebrew), and graduate courses in translation and poetry.

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Titles At Your Library

The Key to the City (Phoenix Poets)
ISBN: 0226902277

University of Chicago Press. 1986

The Key to the City brings together work that has long been admired by readers of literary magazines and quarterlies. The collection opens with "The Ruins," a group of poems set in poor neighborhoods in New York City—some so cut off from midtown that they seem part of another continent or another age. The people in these poems are schoolgirls, a cleaning lady in the laundromat, derelicts, a prostitute stabbed in the street. Their interwoven voices contribute to a complex, grave vision of remote causes and immediate suffering in the city. The poems of the second section explore a broad range of experience: pregnancy and nursing, inward solitude, the textures of Renaissance painting and American landscapes.

The Displaced of Capital (Phoenix Poets)
ISBN: 0226902358

University of Chicago Press. 2004

Winner of the 2005 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

The long-awaited follow-up to The Key to the City—a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1986—Anne Winters's The Displaced of Capital emanates a quiet and authoritative passion for social justice, embodying the voice of a subtle, sophisticated conscience.

The "displaced" in the book's title refers to the poor, the homeless, and the disenfranchised who populate New York, the city that serves at once as gritty backdrop, city of dreams, and urban nightmare. Winters also addresses the culturally, ethnically, and emotionally excluded and, in these politically sensitive poems, writes without sentimentality of a cityscape of tenements and immigrants, offering her poetry as a testament to the lives of have-nots. In the central poem, Winters witnesses the relationship between two women of disparate social classes whose friendship represents the poet's political convictions. With poems both powerful and musical, The Displaced of Capital marks Anne Winters's triumphant return and assures her standing as an essential New York poet.


Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award for "The Displaced of Capital."

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