Annie Callan was born in Dublin, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Portland State University, then received an MA in Poetry from Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars.Her novel, Taf was published in November 2001. She also teaches classes in the Pacific Northwest and in Ireland, by invitation. Her book of poems, The Back Door was published in 1995 by Trask House Press. Her memoir Swimming at the Joyce Museum, won the 1997 Siobhan fellowship for Literary Nonfiction from the Heekin Foundation. Annie won the Academy of American Poets Award, the William Stafford Poetry Fellowship, and an award from Portland PEN Women as well as many other writing prizes. She has been writer-in-residence at the Hedgebrook Writers Retreat for Women, at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, and spent last winter in the Wallowa mountains as Fishtrap’s Writer in Residence. Her poems, stories and essays have been published in literary quarterlies and journals in the US, Canada, Wales and in Ireland.
Annie has been a writing instructor at Portland Community College, University of Portland, the Northwest Writing Institute of Lewis & Clark College, Catlin Gabel, Marylhurst and other schools in the Portland area. She has also taught at Dublin City University and Scripps College in Claremont, California. She has been a guest lecturer at Oregon Chautauqua and for the Oregon Council for the Humanities and participated in the Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools Program at Grant High School, Vancouver School for Arts and Academics; Riverdale School and at Elder Hostel Women’s Writing Groups. She works as a freelance journalist and consulting editor for Glimmer Train Press.