Congratulations to Anne Griffin, who has received the first ever Joan Swift Memorial Prize, awarded by Poetry Northwest to a woman poet, 65 or older, currently residing in the Pacific Northwest. Anne is a former Fellow of the Attic Institute's Atheneum, and she is currently in the Poets Studio. Her poem, “My Father, Leaving,” receives $500, and will appear in the Summer & Fall 2018 issue of Poetry Northwest.
Anne Griffin was born in 1943 in Saginaw Michigan, spent her early years near Boston, and her adolescence in Southern California. She moved to Oregon for college and has lived in Portland ever since. She is Professor Emeritus at Pacific Northwest College of Art, where for many years she taught studio courses in painting and drawing, as well as seminars on post war art history, critical theory, and art and anthropology.Although her focus is now on writing, Griffin has had a long career as a visual artist.
Griffin’s poetry has appeared in the Napa Review and in Fireweed: Poetry of Western Oregon. Her early training in poetry, over a four-year span, was with Sandra McPherson. Several of her drawings appear in McPherson’s Edge Effect.