Fanny Howe was born in 1940 and grew up in Boston. She raised her three children in New England and travelled between there and California for many years, teaching both poetry and fiction.
She is the author of more than 20 books of poetry and prose, including most recently Come and See, The Lyrics and The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation. Her novels include Nod, Saving History and Indivisble, published in 2006 in a five-volume set under the title Radical Love.
She received the 2009 Ruth Lily Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation for lifetime achievement, the Gold Medal for Poetry from the Commonwealth Club of California, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the Most Outstanding Book of Poetry Published in 2000 from the Academy of American Poets, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and has twice been a finalist for the Griffin International Poetry Prize.
Howe is now based in Massachusetts.