anna rabinowitz

Anna Rabinowitz is a poet, librettist, and editor based in New York City.


A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, she has published five volumes of poetry: Words on the Street – winner of the Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize of the 2017 New England Poetry Club, Present Tense, The Wanton Sublime: A Florilegium of Whethers and Wonders, Darkling: A Poem, and At the Site of Inside Out, which won the Juniper Prize.


Rabinowitz has written libretti for Words on the Street, a hybrid performance event, The Wanton Sublime, a monodrama with original music by Tarik O’Regan, and Darkling, a multi-media opera with music by Stefan Weisman. Darkling excerpts have been performed in many venues, and a full-length production ran for three weeks Off-Broadway.

The Wanton Sublime operatic monodrama premiered in the U.S. at Roulette, Brooklyn, NY and in London at the Arcola Theater as part of the Grimeborn Festival.


She has published widely in such journals as Atlantic Monthly, Boston Review, The Paris Review, Colorado Review, Southwest Review, Denver Quarterly, Sulfur, LIT, VOLT, and Verse. Her poetry has appeared in the anthologies, The Traveler's Vade Mecum, The Best American Poetry 1989, edited by Donald Hall, Life on the Line: Selections on Words and Healing, The KGB Bar Reader, The Poets’ Grimm, Poetry Daily, Poetry After 9/11, Blood to Remember, Women Poets on Mentorship, Aftershocks:The Poetry of Recovery, and The Paradelle.


Anna Rabinowitz is editor and publisher emerita of the nationally distributed literary journal, American Letters & Commentary and is a member of the board of the Poetry Society of America and a director of American Opera Projects.


photo © Elena Seibert