Anne Finger
Author and Activist
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Anne Finger’s most recent book-length publication is a novel, A Woman, in Bed (Cinco Puntos, 2018).  Her short story collection, Call Me Ahab (Bison Books, 2009), which won the Prairie Schooner Award, takes iconic disability stories such as Moby Dick and “crips” them, rewriting them from a disabled perspective.  Two memoirs, Elegy for a Disease: A Personal and Cultural History of Polio (St. Martin’s Press, 2006) and Past Due: A Story of Disability, Pregnancy and Birth (Seal Press, 1990; British edition, Women's Press, 1991; German translation, Fischer Verlag, 1992) considered her personal experience of disability, placing it within a broader social context, looking at how narratives of disease are formed and of the tensions and confluences between feminism and disability rights. She is currently working on a collection of personal essays, “Wheeling in Berlin,” as well as on a collection of essays on Gramsci and disability.  She has also just completed a novel, Mother of God, about a disabled mother dealing with her adult daughter’s psych disability. 

She has taught both creative writing and disability studies in the university setting, most recently as the Kate Welling Distinguished Scholar in Disability Studies at Miami University and as a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.  

She is the recipient of the Berlin Prize (2019), and has held residencies at MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, Yaddo, Centrum, and Hedgebrook.