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This soundscape combines howling Maine wind, wolf voices, and my poem “Winter Solstice Chant” sung by Lady Zen with music by Paul Servizio. The recording was created for use in a show where I performed my poems, “Five Directions,” produced and directed by Lady Zen. I am honored to have power breathed through my poem by such gifted collaborators. —Annie Finch
Annie Finch’s six books of poetry include Eve, Calendars, and Spells: New and Selected Poems. Her work has appeared onstage at Carnegie Hall and in The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Her collection Calendars was shortlisted for the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award and her verse play Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams received the Sarasvati Award for Poetry. Finch is also the author or editor of numerous books about poetry, including A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women, The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self, and A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry. In 2011 she received the Robert Fitzgerald Award for her lifetime contribution to the art and craft of versification. She has just completed a book of nonfiction, The Witch in You, and is currently editing an anthology of writings on abortion. She teaches on the low-residency MFA faculty at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Black Earth Institute.
Lady Zen (Alzenira Glick) is an internationally known lyric poet, trained in opera and jazz performance, who creates commissioned art as director, performance artist, and vocalist. In addition to practical skills, she holds a B.A in Music Business Management and a M.F.A in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast MFA Program. She is based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Paul Servizio has played in a number of bands throughout New England, most notably Main Man and Mahi Mahi of Providence, Rhode Island, and has produced an array of music from various genres, from hip and trip hop Jazz and Blues and folk as well as film scoring. Specializing in electronic and avant-garde, he’s always pushing boundaries and looking towards the future of music.