Ann McCutchan

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Ann McCutchan is the author of five books: Where's the Moon? a Memoir of the Space Coast and the Florida Dream, Circular Breathing: Meditations From a Musical Life, The Muse That Sings: Composers Speak About the Creative Process, River Music: An Atchafalaya Story, and Marcel Moyse: Voice of the Flute. She has published short form work in numerous journals and magazines; "Reaching for the End of Time," first placed in Image, appeared in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2007. Her current book project is The Life She Wished to Live: a biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling. It is under contract with W.W. Norton.

Ann began her career as classical music critic for the Austin American-Statesman and art/antiques columnist for Gannett News Service. As a journalist, she wrote hundreds of articles on the arts, travel, and the environment, and received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America. A musician and librettist as well, she has collaborated on eight works for the stage and concert hall. Her latest is Purewater, a chamber opera based on Andre Gide's novella La Symphonie Pastorale, with composer Andrew Rudin; the premiere is set for November 2017 by the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York. Ann has received grants, fellowships and residencies from the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and many others. She holds music degrees from Florida State University and the University of Michigan, and an MFA from the University of Houston. The founding director of the University of Wyoming's MFA program, she most recently taught creative nonfiction at the University of North Texas, serving as Editor of American Literary Review and receiving the Kesterson Award for outstanding graduate teaching. Ann was elected to the Texas Institute of Letters in 2010. She lives in Colorado Springs.

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