Articles & Essays
"They wiggle, they poke each other, and the girl in the jumpsuit sneezes, forgetting once again to use her sleeve."
"I hopped. And then I was curled on the wood floor, breathing hard, my left knee torched with pain."
"Just as we’re separating for health's sake, we’re understanding the fathomless depth of our interdependence."
"It turns out you can rent a Torah from some rabbis in Brooklyn, as long as it's sent FedEx before sundown on Friday."
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:
independent classes, workshops and ongoing groups (both virtual and socially distant in-person formats)
In my classes and workshops—online or in person, with children, teens or adults—I foster a community of writers who take creative risks, cherish 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, essayist and storyteller who listens intimately, questions fearlessly and writes frankly about people, families and communities. She pokes at big assumptions and cherishes small details. Anndee especially seeks voices on the margins, ideas 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 flicker.
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.
She's also a four-time winner of Moth Story Slams.
Anndee's newest project is a young adult novel, My Plural Is People. The first chapter was a winner of the Arch Street Press 2020 contest and was also long-listed for the Voyage YA First Chapters contest. Rewrites happening in 2021!
"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."
upcoming & recent gigs
virtual, via Zoom
Mondays 5:30-7 p.m. EST
April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10
Words--read, written and spoken--are a way to seek connection in isolating times. In this five-session class, we'll hear aloud and discuss contemporary short stories by Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, Alice Walker , Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Raymond Carver, looking for those stories' knots, surprises and revelations. Each class will conclude with a brief writing prompt and optional sharing time.
virtual, via Zoom
Sundays 4-6 p.m. EST
May 9, 16, 23; June 6, 13 (no class Memorial Day weekend)
Perhaps you have important life stories to share, but you’re not sure how to shape them on the page. In this workshop, we will examine and play with various forms of memoir, including brief “flash” pieces, fragmented/episodic tellings, graphic/illustrated memoir and collaged works that may include song lyrics, news clippings or other text. We'll look at stunning examples of each, learning from what other writers do well, then applying their strategies to our own work in a spirit of experimentation and discovery.
During our weekly Zoom sessions, you will have opportunities for critique—to hear how your work resonates for others and to share questions for revision—but the bulk of our time will be spent reading, discussing memoir craft and generating new material. Designed for both beginning and seasoned writers.
My young adult novel-in-progress, begun during National Novel Writing Month 2019, is taking its initial steps into the world. The first chapter was a winner of the 2020 Arch Street Press contest; you can read it here! That chapter was also long-listed for the 2020 Voyage YA First Chapters Contest. Working on rewrites this spring!
Edited by Silvia Bajardi, Leigh Anne Jasheway, Chika Ekemezie & Carmen Woodruff. Available now for Kindle or in paperback!
This sharp new anthology collects essays from women across the world who are coping with quarantine, social distancing, sex, partnership, parenting, teleworking, and a range of other COVID-19 challenges with a jigger of humor (and the occasional afternoon shot of something more potent). My piece, "Tuning Out, Zooming In," chronicles what happened the first time I taught poetry online...to 9-year-olds. Buy it on kindle or in paperback!
Edited by Amy Roost & Joanell Serra
This collection 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," won a 2020 American Society of Journalists and Authors award for personal essays. Order copies--for yourself or a gift-- directly from the press here!.
Guest Editor Quinn D. Eli
Editor Matthew M. Perez
Release date: mid-to-late May
No cover image yet, but I'm delighted to have a story published in this upcoming anthology of Philly writers. You can pre-order copies directly from Toho Publishing. a
Poetry & Prose Getaway
Jan. 14-18, 2021
Transform 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.
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