Doug Holder interviews Anna as part of his ongoing series on the Boston area poetry scene.

See the video here.

Poetry travels.

When traveling, the cart cannot go before the horse, and poetry likes it that way. The sun comes up, and it is time for breakfast. At the café, poetry listens to the languages it doesn’t understand, syncopated rhythms for Hello, the way a mouth sucks on a vowel or chews a consonant, the way the sinuses become a Greek amphitheater. Some sounds have no vocabulary, and you have to be a child to duplicate them. Poetry shivers with fascination: how many ways there are to say, Excuse me, or I’ll have coffee thank you, or Hey that’s my book, or I don’t love you anymore.

Now it is late afternoon, with sunlight making its way in ribbons through the leaves of the lindens. Exhausted from walking, seeing the blue and white library, the painted mural of the wars, poetry sits on a bench in front of a store. The store sells vinyl records. But poetry has a handful of ticket stubs and an empty water bottle. It cannot tell whether the store is an homage to a bygone method of preserving sound, or an ongoing journey into a future that already resonates with the waves on the very large lake along the banks of which the people of this country worship. Poetry joins them; its clothes dripping, poetry cools off.

The cart, pushed by an elephant, clatters into the alleyway, its large red wheels chattering on the stones. The returning singers nod half asleep, embracing with arms braced against the cart’s wooden slats, each other.

Poetry sits in the car, listening to the radio—love songs, hip hop, concertos. And now the news, has something been stolen? On the other side of the street, a man with a peach in his hand and a woman with a gun in her purse pass each other on the sidewalk.

A policewoman comes up to the car and taps on the window with a pen, a ticket book in her other hand. A bus passes, close and loud, and the cop turns. Poetry puts the car in gear.

It’s an apartment building. Poetry opens the wooden door set with frosted glass and, stepping over the threshold, walks across the foyer to the stairs. Slowly placing one foot placed above the other, poetry walks up the stairs to the first landing, goes to the door on the left, and stands still.

On the other side of the door, breathing. My breathing. Fast, steady. On the other side of the door, poetry. My poetry? Not mine. Poetry. Who will put a hand on the doorknob first?

Because of the window, the curtain. Because of the fire, the ashes. Because of the seed, the tree. Also, because of the shouting, the wings. Because of the crash, the elephant. Because of the button, the lilac.

Because of the calendar, the mask. Because of the starfish, the calculator. Because of the toe, the siren. Because of this, poetry.

Thanks everyone for a packed house and wonderful evening at Porter Square Books.

  • 2018 Literature Fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council. I led a “A Conversation on Memoir Writing,” and interviewed Richard Hoffman and Mary Bonina in a discussion of craft: how to anchor the unspeakable in effective writing. At Cervena Barva Press in Somerville.

  • Participant in Slate Roof Press 2018 Project Grant award from the Somerville Arts Council for a panel on bookmaking.
  • Both awards supported in part by the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
  • Books include From the Other Room, winner of the Slate Roof Press Chapbook Award, published 2017, and the chapbooks Horizon and Smoke and Stone.

  • I was honored to be featured as artist of the month by the Somerville Arts Council.

  • Poems in literary and multidisciplinary magazines, including The Sun, Harvard Review, The Madison Review, The Mind’s Eye, Phoebe, Poiesis, Wild Earth (environmental science and advocacy), West, Views (photography journal), etc.

  • Wrote the introduction for the anthology, Kiss Me Goodnight, Poems and Stories by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, a Minnesota Book Award finalist, with several poems included with the voices of 50 women whose mothers died too young.

  • Work with grief using poetry to shape the facets of grieving and loss includes a seminar for hospital workers; lecture and discussion with social workers and nurses in training; adult education seminar. 

  • Five Somerville Arts Council Fellowships and Project Grants; Robert Penn Warren Award, Cumberland Poetry Review; mss. finalist with The Writer's Voice Capricorn Award, Bluestem Poetry Award; semifinalist with Brittingham Poetry Prize, Cleveland State University, Peregrine Smith Press; semifinalist at Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center; Alternate for American Antiquarian Society Visiting Fellowships for Historical Research by Creative and Performing Artists and Writers.

  • Taught poetry classes to the elderly, college students, and teenagers.

  • “Remembering my mother’s face” inscribed in the bricks of the Davis Square MBTA platform (Somerville, Mass.); became an inspiration for a dance by Lesley University faculty member Jeryl Ann Owens.

  • Poems set to music by the contemporary chamber music ensemble Row Twelve, performed at the Boston Museum of Science’s Hayden Planetarium, and as part of a classical song cycle for tenor by composer Wes York.

  • In writing and editing career, op eds published by The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Selected Events

  • Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30 pm
    Anna M. Warrock reads for the Solidarity series. Poetry, music, and theater at Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, MA. See

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19 7 pm
    First and Last Word Poetry Series. Bridget Galway, Zvi A. Sesling, Anna M Warrock
    The Armory Cafe
    91 Highland Avenue
    Somerville MA
    This ongoing series includes an open mic.

  • Saturday, Oct. 12, noon
    “Book Arts and the Small Press”: A panel with Slate Roof Press members Janet MacFadyen, book designer/printer Ed Rayher, Anna M. Warrock, and Richard Wollman pm Slate Roof’s unique publishing process. Great Falls Word Festival, Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

  • Saturday, Oct. 12, 1 pm
    SRP members Janet MacFadyen, Ed Rayher, Anna M. Warrock, and Richard Wollman read at the Great Falls Word Festival, Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, Turners Falls.

  • Sunday, August 4, 2-4 pm
    Poetry Made Visible: Boston Sites for Poetry Lovers, Art Lovers & Lovers Ken Bresler, the author of Poetry Made Visible, presents his guidebook on the intersection of poetry and public art in Boston. I’m reading with Peter Payack—our poems are installed in the Davis Square Station—and Deborah Leipziger, whose poem about the Boston Public Library reading room appears in the book’s chapter on the BPL. New England Mobile Book Fair, 241 Needham Street, Newton Uppter Falls.

  • Thursday, April 25, 7 pm
    With Kevin Gallagher and Martha Collins, editors of Ceremonial Entries, the collected poems of Joseph DeRoche (1938-2013) for a book launch at Porter Square Books. To celebrate we will read Joe’s work and discuss his impact. Porter Square Books, Porter Square, 25 White St. Cambridge, MA.

  • Saturday, April 13, 10 am-4 pm Slate Roof Press is at the 2019 Juniper Literary Festival. Around 10 am I will read with SRP poets Kate Stearns and Richard Wollman that morning. South College building, 150 Hicks Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  • Thursday, April 11, 7- 8:30 pm
    “A Conversation on Memoir Writing,” with Richard Hoffman, Mary Bonina, we will discuss how to anchor the unspeakable in effective writing. Cervena Barva Press, Somerville Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA. This is the community benefit program for my Literature Fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council. Click here.

  • Sunday, March 24
    I join contemporary chamber music ensemble Row Twelve to read my poems for a house concert in Acton, MA.

  • Saturday, Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m. “Wake Up and Smell the Poetry,” HCAM TV
    Featured reader, with Chris Pahud. Hopkinton, MA
    Host Cheryl Perreault with “a half hour intimate performance combined with anecdotes and insights about their art and the creative process. An open mic follows.” HCAM TV Studios 77 Main St, Hopkinton, MA. More info. at public is welcome to attend and join in.

  • September 16 at 1 pm
    Anna M. Warrock, Catherine Stearns, and Janet MacFadyen at The Bookstore, 1 Housatonic St, Lenox, MA 01240.

  • Sunday, Sept. 9 at 4 pm
    Anna M. Warrock, Catherine Stearns, and Ed Meeks, Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., Somerville, MA

  • Tuesday, May 3 at 7 PM
    Collected Poets series at Mocha Maya's, 47 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA
    With Janet MacFadyen.
    Info. 413-625-6292

  • Monday, April 30 at 7 pm
    Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton, MA 617-244-6619

    Book launch and reading for Poetry Made Visible: Boston Sites for Poetry Lovers, Art Lovers & Lovers, by Ken Bresler. A guidebook to the public art sites in Boston affiliated with poetry. Anna M. Warrock reads her poem installed in the Davis Sq. MBTA station, one among 11 in the station.

  • Tuesday, April 17, at 7 pm
    First and Last Word Poetry Series. With Lainie Senechal, and Neil Silberblatt. Open mic.
    At the Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville MA

  • The Robert Gay Memorial Lecture, Simmons College, Boston, April 6. The Poet, the Artist, the Printer: Book Arts and the Small Press. A look at the collaborative process between the printer, the writer, and the artist to create a physical book that is more than the sum of its parts. Topics included use of artwork, paper choice, typeface, die cuts, book size, etc. Three poets, a master printer, and an artist discussed the opportunities and the constraints with students and faculty. Slate Roof poets Catherine Stearns, Janet MacFadyen, and Anna M. Warrock; master printer Ed Rayher of Slate Roof Press/Swamp Press, artist Carlyn Marcuse Ekstrom.

  • The Poet, the Artist, the Printer: Book Arts and the Small Press. Awarded 2018 Somerville Arts Council Project Grant. March 14, 2018, Somerville Public Library, Somerville MA. A look at the choices that go into producing the physical book. What options in creating the physical object can enhance the text within? Artist Carlyn Marcus Ekstrom joined Slate Roof Press master printer Ed Rayher and Slate Roof poets Janet MacFadyen, Kate Stearns, and Anna M. Warrock. Supported in part by the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

  • The Poet, The Artist, The Printer: Book Arts and the Small Press
    Amherst Poetry Festival, September 16, 2017, Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst MA. Slate Roof Press poets Anna. M. Warrock, Cindy Snow, and Janet MacFadyen were joined by painter Christin Couture to discuss opportunities and restraints for poets, artists, and printers working together to produce the physical book—the first thing a reader sees. What technical restraints does a bookmaker face, such as page count, typeface and line length, or art reproduction? What do authors contribute, and learn in the process? We had a lively exchange with questions from the audience.

  • Persephone & Loss: Poetry, Music, Dance. Row Twelve concert, Sharon, MA. March 13, 2016. Karen Henry, poet; Anna M. Warrock, poet; Andy Brewster, bass; Katherine Keiitz, flute; Marc Lauritsen, piano; Caryl Sickul, dancer; Jeffrey Wu, saxophone. Program includes works by Claude Debussy, Frederico Mompou, Richard St. Clair, and others, along with poetry by Joan Aleshire, Rita Dove, Louise Gluck, Alicia Ostriker, and others.

  • At the seventh Massachusetts Poetry Festival May 1-3, 2015, in Salem, a full house joined my panel with Patrick Donnelly, Director of the Frost Place Poetry Seminar; Danielle Legros Georges, Poet Laureate of Boston and professor at Lesley University; and Frannie Lindsay, whose four books have won several awards, on“Grief and Poetry: Crafting Loss,” Sunday morning, May 3. We discussed what makes the craft of poetry so appropriate for reshaping the experience of death and sorrow. We used our own poems and those by other to explore the ways poems allow people to find solace in such work. Our presentations were followed by a lively discussion with the audience.

  • Greenfield Annual Word Festival, Friday Oct 24, 2014, 7 pm, at GCTCV Studio, 393 Main St., Greenfield, MA Slate Roof Press poets Jim Bell, Trish Crapo, Abbot Cutler, Susan Middleton, Susie Patlove, Ed Rayher, Janine Roberts, Anna M. Warrock See the video here.

  • EDGE STATES: Anna M. Warrock's poetry was partnered with a gallery exhibit of watercolors, "Edge States” by Amy Fleischer, in May 2014. The poems included "My Father Waves," The Window," "Remembering My Mother's Face," Isolde Defines Love," "Silver," and "The Near Horizon," which can be found on this website. For pictures of the gallery installation and art, follow this link.