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Spotlight On Writers – Anne Gruner

Spotlight On Writers

Anne Gruner


  1. Where, do you hail from?
As the daughter of a U.S. Naval officer, I lived all over as a youth, moving every two to three years, a lifestyle I somewhat continued as a CIA officer occasionally living and working abroad. But now I consider McLean, Virginia in Fairfax County as my home.
  1. What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?

The high concentration of U.S. government and military officials, diplomats, politicians, and congressional staff in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area makes this a relatively high-IQ place, filled with interesting and broadly experienced people. Virginia is also a fairly good location as far as the changing climate goes.

  1. What turns you on creatively?

Having spent my CIA career dealing with weapons of mass destruction and my second career as a family law attorney, I now revel in the natural world of trees, forests, oceans, and biodiversity of all sorts, especially dogs, which I adore.

  1. What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?

I couldn’t say. I love words, especially scientific ones, and hope my readers will enjoy expanding their lexicons by looking them up.

  1. What is your pet peeve?

Editors who automatically reject metered and rhyming poetry as old fashioned and unpublishable, and poems so “inaccessible” they are incomprehensible to ordinary people, who get bored quickly and dismiss them. Climate “deniers” also get under my skin.

  1. What defines Anne Gruner?

I’m defined by a yearning for knowledge and understanding, whether it’s biology, chemistry, physics, history, foreign affairs, geography, geology, medicine, politics, or law. This love of knowledge tends to make my poems more didactic than most—not always a good thing.

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