Anne Harding Woodworth

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Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of six books of poetry and four chapbooks. Her most recent book, The Eyes Have It, was published in February 2018 by Turning Point. Her work appears widely in literary print journals in the U.S. and abroad, as well as at sites on line.

Born in 1943 in Summit, New Jersey, Harding Woodworth is a graduate of Kent Place School and Smith College, with a Masters in Fine Arts in Poetry from Fairleigh-Dickinson University. In 1967, she married Demetrius P. Lalas of Athens, Greece, who was a professor at Wayne State University in Detroit and held the Chair of Meteorology at the University of Athens. She has two sons, Greg and Alexi Lalas, who are both well known in the American soccer community. When the family was living in Athens, she worked for Lycabettus Press, which published her first book of poetry, Guide to Greece and Back, under the name of Anne Harding Lalas. From 1983 to 1991 she worked at Chrysler Corporation, and during this hiatus from writing poetry, she divorced in 1990.

She returned to writing poetry following her marriage to Fred L. Woodworth, a Detroit lawyer, in 1991. They moved to Washington, D.C., in 1993, and since 1997 they have been dividing their time between their home in Washington and a cabin in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Harding Woodworth is co-chair of the Poetry Board of the Folger Shakespeare Library and is involved in the Parkmont Poetry Festival for high school students at Parkmont School in DC. Together with DC actress Kimberly Schraf, she has initiated the Parkmont Poetry Series. She was the first chair of DC Scores, an after-school soccer-poetry program in DC public schools, founded by Julie Kennedy.

Harding Woodworth sings in The City Choir of Washington under the direction of Maestro Robert Shafer, and she has fun with the piano, as well as the cornet, having learned to play the bugle and trumpet in 2010. Her poem, “Taps,” won the Virginia Art of the Book Center’s broadside prize in 2012. Her poem, “Winter Night,” was set to music by her sister, composer Bundy H. Boit, and recorded with six voices. It will be released digitally in 2019 on and as part of a lullaby album.

An excerpt from Harding Woodworth’s chapbook, The Last Gun, won the 2015-2016 COG Poetry Award, judged by A. Van Jordan. Part of the prize involved an animation of the excerpt, which can be seen at Her one-woman play Hannah Alive, read by Kimberly Schraf at the Nora School in Silver Spring, MD, was chosen as a finalist by the Adirondack Shakespeare Co. in 2016, which gave it a reading in Essex, NY.

Guide to Greece and Back, Lycabettus Press, 1978 (as Anne Harding Lalas)
The Mushroom Papers, Northwoods Press, 2002
Spare Parts: A Novella in Verse, Turning Point Press, 2008
The Artemis Sonnets, Etc., Turning Point Press, 2011
The Unattached Male, Poetry Salzburg Press, 2014
The Eyes Have It, Turning Point, 2018

Aesops Eagles and Poems from the Road, Northwoods Press, 2001
Up from the Root Cellar, Cervena Barva Press, 2007
Herding, Cervena Barva Press, 2014
The Last Gun, Cervena Barva Press, 2016

Written by Anne Harding Woodworth March 8, 2018

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