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Everyday Acts & Small Subversions: 

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. 

Outside In: 50 Years of Forging Change


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. 

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Anatomies: A Novella and Stories


"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:


In my classes and workshops—online or in person, with children, teens or adults—I foster a community of writers and readers who take creative risks, cherish differences and explore the transformative power of words.

For the past 30 years, I've taught memoir, poetry and creative non-fiction in schools, senior centers, youth and adult detention facilities, drug/alcohol rehabs, a village on Mexico's Pacific coast...and a Zoom screen near you! 


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 I teach adults through:



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 and WebMD. She's also a eight-time winner of Moth Story Slams and shared the first-place title in Philadelphia's December 2022 GrandSlam. 


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 as we speak!

"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."


recent/upcoming gigs


small, potent packages (part 4!)

reading short stories by women writers

a study group sponsored by Soapstone

(get on the list for the next series, in early 2025, by sending a note to 


Another dynamic round of short story discussions featuring the work of a range of women writers! Check back in fall for the 2025 dates and registration info!


between the lines: reading jewish short stories

Gratz College

Mondays Oct. 14-Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m. EST on Zoom

Reading is typically a solitary venture. But when we explore and discuss stories together, each person brings their whole life to the table: their regrets, ambitions, insights and questions. We learn from each other. We might even change our minds. In this six-session class, we will read and talk about short stories from a range of contemporary Jewish writers including Grace Paley, Bernard Malamud and Lynne Sharon Schwartz. Each session will include a short writing prompt in conversation with the story and a chance to share your work aloud. 

Check Gratz Lifeling Learning site for details soon!


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Poetry & Prose Winter Getaway

January 17-20, 2025

Stockton University, Galloway, NJ

Check back in fall for details on my (first-ever) weekend-long storytelling workshop!

Everyone tells stories: teachers, preachers, toastmasters and ordinary folks swapping tales around the dinner table. In this workshop, you’ll learn the steps of crafting a five-minute story from your life experience in the style of Moth story slams

We’ll watch and discuss examples of compelling stories told aloud, examining how writers create stakes, scenes and story arc—and how inflection, emotion, pacing and physical presence enhance their delivery. We’ll work on the page and on our feet, with in-class prompts and exercises to engage the mind, body and heart in the dynamic act of live, in-person storytelling. In a spirit of courage, experimentation and collaboration, we’ll support each other with thoughtful feedback along the way. Open to brand-new and seasoned storytellers.


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My young adult novel-in-progress, first hammered out during National Novel Writing Month 2019, is getting some traction. I'll be working on it at the Cuttyhunk Island Writers' Residency in September and at the Highlights Foundation's Rainbow Retreat in October. If you're curious, read the first chapter in Voyage, a YA journal. That chapter was also long-listed for the 2020 & 2021 Voyage YA First Chapters Contests, and the whole book was a finalist for the 2021 Acheven Book Prize in YA Fiction sponsored by Regal House Publishing. 

show us your wits: funny women surviving coronavirus by laughing through it

Edited by Silvia Bajardi, Leigh Anne Jasheway, Chika Ekemezie & Carmen Woodruff. Available now for Kindle or in paperback!

This 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 is "Tuning Out, Zooming In." 

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stained: an anthology of writing about menstruation

Editors Rachel Neve-Midbar & Jennifer Saunders

Proceeds benefit Days for Girls, which promotes menstrual equity, dignity and health worldwide

I'm delighted to have my essay, "Blood: A Periodic Chronicle," included in this anthology. Order it right here!

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(her)oics: women's lived experiences during the coronovirus pandemic

Edited by Amy Roost & Joanell Serra

Order it from (independent booksellers) or directly from the press here!


This collection includes essays by 52 women across the U.S. during COVID-19: front-line responders and recovering patients; 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!.



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