Articles & Essays
Women Reinventing Family, Community & Home
"At thirty, I was beginning to hunt for permanence...There was much I wanted to know: how to sustain friendships that felt 'like family' over time and distance. How to make choices about commitment and children. How to celebrate milestones, whom to gather at my table. How to balance tradition and invention, pull threads from my past and use them to weave a future."
named one of the 100 Most Important Books of the 20th Century by Sojourner magazine
“…In this book, Hochman redefines family in ways that are always refreshing and sometimes breathtaking.”
--Whitney Scott, Booklist
“Anndee Hochman helps us to imagine the new possibilities for relationships, rituals and language that truly reflect the ways we live and love.”
--Barbara Findlen, Ms.
A history of Outside In, the "odd little agency" in Portland, Oregon, that started as a free clinic in 1968 and morphed to a multi-service center with a $12.5 million budget and a legacy of radical, inclusive care.
"We buried Hank’s umbilical stump in the back yard, in sight of the basketball hoop, spitting distance from where the cucumbers will be. Emmy donated the box from her first pair of real earrings, and we nestled the stump on the little mattress of cotton. It was about as big as my thumb."
San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
“A writer whose voice is needed in our discordant culture.”
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Hochman deftly interweaves humor, crisp language, and evocative imagery throughout Anatomies…Her prose is arresting and beautiful.”
--Meg Daly, The Oregonian
I teach young people through:
I teach adults through:
In my classes and workshops—whether online or in person, with children, teens or adults—I foster a community of writers who take creative risks, celebrate one another’s differences and explore the transformative power of words.
For the past 25 years, I've taught memoir, poetry and creative non-fiction in schools, senior centers, detention facilities, drug/alcohol rehabs and a village on Mexico's Pacific coast. Lately I've pivoted to online platforms, including Zoom.
Anndee Hochman is a journalist and essayist who listens intimately, questions fearlessly and writes frankly about people, families and communities. She cherishes small details and pokes at big questions. Anndee especially seeks voices from the margins, truths that surprise and connect, stories that make it harder for us to dismiss each other.
She chases questions: What makes a family? What sustains a person, or a community? How do we stitch meaning from the scraps of daily life? When Anndee teaches writing to children and adults, they are also in search—looking inside and out for the sparks of a story and the tools to make them flame.
Anndee's articles, profiles, political and personal essays and critical reviews have been published in Poets & Writers, O, the Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Health, OUT and The Journal of the American Medical Association. Her column, "The Parent Trip," appears weekly in The Philadelphia Inquirer, and she is a regular contributor to venues including Broad Street Review, Purple Clover and The Jewish Exponent.
"Words link lives. As a writer and teacher, I use language to discover, remember, subvert and understand. I write, and the words change me. I go back into the glittering, broken world to listen some more."
virtual, via Zoom
Mondays 5:30-7 p.m., Oct. 5-Nov. 23, 2020
In People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos, we connect literature to life. Each week, I'll read a literary short story (writers include Amy Tan, Raymond Carver and Jamaica Kincaid) aloud, then lead a lively discussion, encouraging participants to bring their questions, comparisons, life experiences and real-world connections to the text. This program is offered through a partnership between People & Stories and the Princeton Public Library. Registration required.
Gratz College Continuing Education, Gratz Scholars Program
Thursdays 1-3 p.m., October 1-November 19, 2020
In periods of extremity--war, disease, social unrest, personal hardship--writing can help us find anchor and solace, meaning and connection. Participants in this class will write in a variety of forms--short memoir, journal entry, letter to oneself--about the unsettling times we're living through and about other transformative moments from your past. Through readings, discussions and open-ended prompts, you'll practice the craft of memoir and creative non-fiction, playing with voice and structure while striving to tell the truth. There will be opportunities to share your work and receive constructive feedback from the group. Beginning and more seasoned writers welcome!
This wild project, which debuts as part of the Fringe Festival September 10 (my birthday!), invited more than 50 writers (I was delighted to be one of them) to adapt three randomly chosen Shakespeare sonnets, then recruited over 100 actors to bring those adaptations to life. Tune in to hear what happens when the bard's words meet up-to-the-minute sensibilities!
Poetry & Prose Getaway
Jan. 14-18, 2021
Transform significant life experiences and indelible moments into well-crafted literary prose. We'll open our senses, dig into memory and use tools of imagery, detail, tone, pacing and voice to write vivid, meaningful memoirs. We'll look at stunning examples by a range of writers for inspiration and a look at what makes memoir tick. We'll also touch on questions of memory, authenticity, truth-telling and the ethics of writing about living people. Beginning and seasoned writers welcome!
during the coronavirus pandemic
Edited by Amy Roost & Joanell Serra
Release date: March 11, 2021
This anthology includes essays by 52 women across the U.S. during COVID-19: front-line responders and recovering patients; women working at home and those who lost their jobs; women preparing to give birth, living with multiple generations, supporting the dying and grieving the loss of loved ones. My contribution, "Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus," also won a 2020 American Society of Journalists and Authors award for personal essays..
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