Anne Finger

Oakland,
United States
Focus area: Writing, Literature, Poetry

My most recent book-length publication is a novel, A Woman, in Bed (Cinco Puntos, 2018). Call Me Ahab (Bison Books, 2009), which won the Prairie Schooner Award, takes iconic disability stories such as Moby Dick and “crips” them, rewriting them from a disabled perspective. Two memoirs, Elegy for a Disease: A Personal and Cultural History of Polio (St. Martin’s Press, 2006) and Past Due: A Story of Disability, Pregnancy and Birth (Seal Press, 1990; British edition, Women's Press, 1991; German translation, Fischer Verlag, 1992) considered my personal experience of disability, placing it within a broader social context, looking at how narratives of disease are formed and of the tensions and confluences between feminism and disability rights. I am currently working on a collection of personal essays, “Wheeling in Berlin,” I am also working on essays on Gramsci and disability and have just completed a novel, Mother of God about a disabled mother dealing with her adult daughter’s psych disability.I have taught both creative writing and disability studies in the university setting, most recently as the Kate Welling Distinguished Scholar in Disability Studies at Miami University. I am the recipient of the Berlin Prize (2019), a grant from Creative Capital (2021) and have held residencies at MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, Yaddo, Centrum, and Hedgebrook.