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.
As a librettist, Ann has collaborated on eleven works for the stage and concert hall. Recent projects include Swan's Inlet, an opera based on an original story, with composer Mark Alan Taggart, and a chamber opera based on Andre Gide's novella La Symphonie Pastorale with composer Andrew Rudin. Both operas will be presented in 2018 by the Center for Contemporary Opera, New York. Forthcoming are 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. Among McCutchan's eight previous musical works is an original contemporary stage play for Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat (Chamber Music Hawaii commission) which she wrote and directed. Of the premiere, American Record Guide noted: “After 85 years, A Soldier’s Tale has finally coalesced, music and drama interacting as equal partners to engage audience members, who left the theater discussing both animatedly.” 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. She currently lives in Colorado.