Ann McCutchan's writing springs from deep interests in music, art, nature, and creativity, and the ways they shape 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 working on a biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling, under contract with W.W. Norton.
As a librettist, she recently completed Swan's Inlet, an opera based on an original story, in collaboration with composer Mark Alan Taggart (2017 premiere) and is collaborating on Purewater, a chamber opera with composer Andrew Rudin, set for performance by the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York (fall 2017).
Preview:Intellectual Refuge published an excerpt from Where's the Moon?Read it here. And a second excerpt! Here.