How Shadows are BundledHow Shadows are Bundled

University of New Mexico Press, 2009
(126 pages, $21.95)

Point of No ReturnPoint of No Return

La Alameda Press, 2005
(113 pages, $14.00)

Fish DrumFish Drum Magazine Volume 15

Fish Drum Press, 1999
(76 pages, $6.00)

Sending the Body OutSending the Body Out

Zephyr Press, 1986
(45 pages, $3.95)

Your Mythic Journey: Finding Meaning in Your Life Through Writing and StorytellingYour Mythic Journey

co-author Sam Keen
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam
(126 pages, $21.95)

Lost Treasures & Old MinesLost Treasures & Old Mines: A New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book

compiled & edited by
Anne Valley-Fox and Ann Lacy
Sunstone Press, 2011
(268 pages, $26.95)

Outlaws & DesperadosOutlaws & Desperados: A New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book

compiled & edited by
Anne Valley-Fox and Ann Lacy
Sunstone Press, 2008
(481 pages, $21.95)

Frontier StoriesFrontier Stories: A New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book

compiled & edited by
Anne Valley-Fox and Ann Lacy
Sunstone Press, 2010
(328 pages, $28.95)

tories from Hispano New MexicoStories from Hispano New Mexico: A New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book

compiled & edited by
Anne Valley-Fox and Ann Lacy
Sunstone Press, 2012
(335 pages, $28.95)

CowboysCowboys, Ranching & Cattle Trails: A New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Book

compiled & edited by
Anne Valley-Fox and Ann Lacy
Sunstone Press, 2013
(383 pages, $29.95)

Other Books

Work included in the following anthologies:

POEM: Poets on (an) Exchange Mission, Fish Drum, Inc. and Double Change, 2009

We Came to Santa Fe: Pennywhistle Press Anthology, Pennywhistle Press, 2009

In Company: An Anthology of New Mexico Poets After 1960, University of New Mexico Press, 2004

New Mexico Poetry Renaissance, Red Crane Books, 1994

Anne Valley-Fox

I write from the body. A poem is a physical thing: it breathes, it’s made of rhythm and sound and occupies a spatial dimension. A poem first breaks through consciousness as a vibration, which is why it is sensed long before (if ever) it’s comprehended.

A poet makes everything up, including one’s job description. My job: to retrieve rejected or edgy bits of inner material and put them together in ways that illuminate and provoke. My poems seek connections, complications, and small astonishments.

At times I say to myself that the world has no use for so much contemporary poetry—titles lined up on shelves (and now cyberspace) like so many wallflowers waiting to be plucked. But excess of songbooks and songbirds is hardly our problem. I wish for the world a chaotic abundance of poets, artists, performers, healers, magicians, dreamers and visionaries to counterbalance the steely force of prisons, governments, guns.

The words in a spirited poem want to shape themselves in our mouths and be sounded. This is sometimes enough. As the Greek poet Sappho wrote in the 7th century B.C., “Mere air, these words, but delicious to hear.”

Readings & Events

Saturday, June 22, 2014 @ 2:00 p.m.

Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe
Reading with John Macker, Lawrence Welsh, V.B. Price

Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 2:00 p.m.

Santa Fe Community Gallery
Poetry Storm/ WIND reading with 16 poets

Thursday, January 16, 2014 @ 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Books, Inc., Laurel Village, San Francisco
Posthumous book launch: poets and friends reading for Michael Shorb from Whale Walker’s Morning (Shabda Press, 2014). Everyone welcome!

Sunday, December 8, 2013 @ 5:00 p.m.

Soiree for Louis Jenkins
reading with Connie Wanek
at the home of Tom Ireland and Anne Valley-Fox

Thursday, October 10, 2013 @ 6:00 p.m.

Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM
“Grateful Deeds”— Celebration of Gratitude Award winners with linked poem by New Mexico Literary Arts board members. Valley-Fox reads “Bee Business.”

Saturday, June 1, 2013 @ 5:00 p.m.

“A Gallery”, Santa Fe, NM
Anne Valley-Fox and Tom Ireland read poems & prose on a theme of Longing.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 6:00 p.m.

Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM
New Mexico Literary Arts Gratitude Award group reading, “Poems of Gratitude and Praise”

Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM
Book launch for Stories from Hispano New Mexico:
Dramatic group reading selected from 5 New Mexico Federal Writers’ Project Books

Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Lucky Bean Cafe, Santa Fe, NM
Poetry reading with Ann Filemyr: “To Flourish: Poems of Body and Breath”

Friday, October 28 @ 7:00 p.m.

SUPERHEROS Poetry Contest & Reading
516 Arts Gallery 516 Central Avenue, Albuquerque, NM
Anne will read her winning poem “Lois & Superman.”