Ann McCutchan is the author of five books: Marcel Moyse: Voice of the Flute, The Muse That Sings: Composers Speak About the Creative Process, Circular Breathing: Meditations From a Musical Life, River Music: An Atchafalaya Story, and Where's the Moon?a Memoir of the Space Coast and the Florida Dream. As an essayist and journalist, she has published personal essays and articles in numerous journals and magazines. "Reaching for the End of Time," an essay on the music of Olivier Messiaen and the frailties of heroes and the human body, appeared in The Best American Spiritual Writing. She is currently completing The Life She Wished to Live: a biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling. It is under contract with W.W. Norton.
Ann began her writing career as classical music critic for the Austin American-Statesman and art and antiques columnist for Gannett News Service. As a journalist, she wrote hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles on the fine and literary arts, family issues, travel, and the environment, and received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America for a profile of clarinetist and master teacher Leon Russianoff.
A musician and librettist as well, she has collaborated on eight works for the stage and concert hall. In 2015 she completed Swan's Inlet, an opera libretto based on an original story, in collaboration with composer Mark Alan Taggart (2018 premiere) and recently finished a chamber opera based on Andre Gide's novella La Symphonie Pastorale with composer Andrew Rudin, for performance in New York by the Center for Contemporary Opera (2018).
Ann McCutchan has been awarded grants, fellowships and residencies from the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Thinking Like a Mountain Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, the National Park Service, and others. She holds music performance degrees from Florida State University and the University of Michigan, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston. The founding director of the University of Wyoming's MFA creative writing program, she taught creative writing for ten years at the University of North Texas, where she received the Kesterson Award for outstanding graduate teaching and was Editor of UNT's American Literary Review. Ann was elected to the Texas Institute of Letters in 2010 and sits on the artistic advisory board of Voices of Change, the Dallas contemporary music ensemble.