Annie Finch (born October 31, 1956, New Rochelle, New York) is an American poet and writer. Her books include poetry, verse drama, poetry translation, poetic theory, essays on poetry, edited poetry anthologies, and a poetry-writing guide. Finch earned a B.A.in English from Yale University, M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, and Ph.D from Stanford University. Dictionary of Literary Biography names her "one of the central figures in contemporary American poetry" for her role, as poet and critic, in the contemporary reclamation of poetic meter and form. She has received the 2010 Sarasvati Award for Poetry and the 1990 Robert Fitzgerald Award for her lifetime contribution to the art of versification.