Anne Boyer is a U.S. poet and essayist, and the inaugural winner of the 2018 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. Boyer’s newest book, A Handbook of Disappointed Fate, is forthcoming from UDP in early 2018. Disappointed Fate collects the best of a decade’s worth of essays, fables, and ephemera from Boyer’s publications in pdfs, websites, chapbooks, one-offs.
Boyer’s other books include The Romance of Happy Workers (Coffee House 2008), My Common Heart (Spooky Girlfriend 2011), and the 2016 CLMP Firecracker award-winning Garments Against Women (U.S., Ahsahta 2015; U.K, Mute 2016) which Maureen McLane described in The New York Times as “a sad, beautiful, passionate book that registers the political economy of literature and of life itself.”
In 2014, Boyer was diagnosed with highly-aggressive triple negative breast cancer. Writing through cancer treatment and in its disabling aftermath, Boyer is now in the final stages of this work about cancer, care, and having a body inside of history, called The Undying, forthcoming from FSG in August 2019. Some of her essays about the politics of care in the age of precarity have appeared in Guernica, The New Inquiry, Fullstop, and more.
Boyer was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1973, grew up in Salina, Kansas, and was educated in the public schools and libraries of Kansas. Since 2011, Boyer has been a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute, a four year college of art and design, where she teaches writing, literature, and theory in the School of the Liberal Arts. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
In 2014, she was named “The Best Writer in Kansas City” by The Pitch:
“She’s local, yes, but she’s hardly ours; rather, she’s a citizen of some altogether smarter plane, and she scares the shit out of us — in a witty, life-affirming way. The intellectually rigorous, politically biting things she says or cites — she tweets like she invented not only Twitter but also libraries — add up to a parallel reading of current events and the 21st-century psyche, but she provokes thought before she pushes emotional buttons.”
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