Ann McCutchan's writing springs from deep interests in music, art, nature, and creativity, and the ways they shape - or are shaped by - individuals, places, and history. Her early books include a biography of French flute virtuoso Marcel Moyse and a collection of interviews with composers about the creative process -- both important contributions to the literature of music and creativity.
In 2011, she published two books: a personal essay collection, Circular Breathing: Meditations From a Musical Life, and River Music: An Atchafalaya Story, an eco-biography of Louisiana musician Earl Robicheaux and the vanishing Atchafalaya River Basin he preserves and celebrates in sound.
Ann's fifth book, Where's the Moon? a Memoir of the Space Coast and the Florida Dream (TAMU Press, Seventh Generation Series) was released in October, 2016. She is currently completing a biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling, under contract with W.W. Norton. Her upcoming book project is a biography of composer Florence Price.
As a librettist, she recently completed Swan's Inlet, an opera based on an original story, in collaboration with composer Mark Alan Taggart (March 2018 premiere, Center for Contemporary Opera, NYC) and Purewater, a chamber opera based on André Gide's novella La Symphonie Pastorale, with composer Andrew Rudin, set for performance by the CCO in fall, 2018. Forthcoming is King Gundafar's Castle, a church opera with C.G. Walden for Dunwoody United Methodist Church (Atlanta), and a play with music for Chamber Music Hawaii.
Preview:Intellectual Refuge published an excerpt from Where's the Moon?Read it here. And a second excerpt! Here.
Interview: Concerning Where's the Moon? and other work, published by American Literary Review. Here's the link.
Interview: With author Richard Burgin, about music and writing, published by American Literary Review. Here.