Born in 1942, Ann Lauterbach was raised in New York City. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she attended Columbia University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. She moved to London before completing her MA in English Literature.
She lived in London for eight years, working variously in publishing and art institutions. On her return to the U.S., she worked for a number of years in art galleries in New York before she began teaching.
Lauterbach is the author of several poetry collections, including Or to Begin Again (Penguin, 2009), which was nominated for the National Book Award, and which takes its name from a sixteen-poem elegy inspired by both Lewis Carroll's Alice and T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland. She is also the author of Hum (2005), If in Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000 (2001), On a Stair (1997), And for Example (1994), Clamor (1991), Before Recollection (1987), and Many Times, but Then (1979), as well as a book of essays, The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience.
About her work, John Ashbery has said: "Ann Lauterbach's poetry goes straight to the elastic, infinite core of time."
She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Foundation for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and in 1995, she was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.
Lauterbach has taught at Brooklyn College, Columbia, Iowa, Princeton, and at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is currently Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College, where she has also been, since 1991, co-chair of writing in the Milton Avery School of the Arts. She was also a visiting core critic at the Yale Graduate School of the Arts.
Vertical, Horizontal (The Seafront Press, 1971)
Book One (The Spring Street Press, 1975)
Many Times, But Then (Texas University Press, 1979)
Later That Evening (Jordan Davies, 1981)
Closing Hours (Red Ozier Press, 1983)
Sacred Weather (The Grenfell Press, 1984)
Before Recollection (Princeton University Press, 1987)
And For Example (1994)
On A Stair (1997)
If In Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000 (2001)
Or to Begin Again (2009)
The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience (Penguin, 2005)
Collaborations with Artists
Greeks, with Jan Groover and Bruce Boice (The Hollow Press, 1984)
How Things Bear Their Telling, with Lucio Pozzi (Collectif Generation, 1990)
A Clown, Some Colors, A Doll, Her Stories, A Song, A Moonlit Cove, with Ellen Phelan (The Whitney Museum, 1996)
Thripsis, with Joe Brainard (Vermont Z Press, 1998)