Ann Hudson

Teaching Writer

Ann Hudson joined the residential staff as a counselor and teacher from 1991-94 and served as residential Head Counselor from 1995-98. She returned as a teaching poet in 2000 and 2001.

Where are you living and what brought you there?

Chicago.  My husband, Allen Rein (who I met at YWW) and I unfolded a map of the United States and said, “Where should we live?”

Where are you working and what do you enjoy about it?

I’m a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade teacher at Chiaravalle Montessori School; the students are fearless when it comes to writing.

What are you working on right now and what does it represent in the larger body of your artistic accomplishments?

I’m always generating new work, revising older drafts, and mulling over what might make a collection of poems.  While I tend to write new drafts quickly, it takes me much longer to revise.  I used to feel anxious that it took me too long to publish, but I’m more comfortable now with what I understand is the rhythm of how I work.  While I always struggle to find more time to write, I know that my writing life is intertwined with all the rest of it: my family, my job, all the things I spend a given day doing. 

How would you characterize the value of your YWW teaching experience in the larger context of who you are as a writer/artist?

Teaching at YWW was a transformative experience for me as both a teacher and a writer.  To be challenged to articulate and illuminate the process of writing, as opposed to the product, is invigorating.  Any teaching I’ve ever done beyond the scope of Young Writers draws on my experiences as a teacher and a learner there.

What’s the best advice you can give a Young Writer (in general or in your specific genre)?

Surround yourself with creative people.  People who make things, or people who make things happen, can energize your life, no matter what kind of artistry you are engaged in.  A connection you make with a sculptor, a chef, a furniture maker, or an architect might be just as meaningful to your writing experience as connections you make with other writers.

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