Anne Boyer
is an American poet and essayist. Her books include The Romance of Happy Workers (Coffee House 2006), 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.”

Boyer’s work has been translated into a number of languages including Icelandic, Spanish, Persian, and Swedish, and in the spring of 2013, her chapbook, A Form of Sabotage, was published by the theory collective Kült Neşriyat in Turkish translation.  Boyer’s other chapbooks include Anne Boyer’s Good Apocalypse, Art is War, and The 2000s. With Guillermo Parra and Cassandra Gillig, she has translated the work of 20th century Venezuelan poets Victor Valera Mora, Miguel James, and Miyo Vestrini. With K. Silem Mohammad, she was a founding editor of the poetry journal, Abraham Lincoln.

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, Boyer was diagnosed with highly-aggressive triple negative breast cancer. Her essays about the politics of care in the age of precarity have appeared in Guernica, The New Inquiry, Fullstop, and more. After six months of chemotherapy and two major surgeries, she finished treatment in the summer of 2015.  She wrote about the experience as the featured blogger at the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog in January 2016.

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.”

More about Anne Boyer:

Audio at Penn Sound 

An interview at The Poetry Foundation 

Some Rules for Teachers at The New Inquiry 

News & Ephemera at Tumblr