Anne Panning



Little Known Facts

About Me

Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. B.A. English, Summa Cum Laude, with Honors thesis, 1988.

Bowling Green State University, OH. MFA, Creating Writing, 1993.


University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI.  PhD.  English, 1997.



Originally from the small town of Arlington, Minnesota, Anne has traveled extensively in Asia to countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, China, and Singapore.  After graduating from college, Anne served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in The Philippines, where she met her husband, Mark Rice.  In 2007, along with her husband and children, Anne lived in Vietnam where she wrote a memoir while on sabbatical leave.  She has also lived in various states such as Idaho, Washington, Ohio, and Hawaii; in 1997, she moved to Brockport, New York, where she currently lives with her husband, Mark Rice, and her two children, Hudson and Lily.  From her front porch, Anne can watch boat traffic pass slowly along the Erie Canal; she is a happy transplant to the area..


Anne’s short story collection, Super America, won The 2006 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; it was also selected as a New York Times Editor's Choice.   Anne has also published a book of short stories, The Price of Eggs (Coffeehouse Press, 1992), as well as short fiction and nonfiction in places such as The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Passages North, Black Warrior Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Quarterly West, Five Points and many others. Four of her essays have been listed as Notable in The Best American Essays series.

In 2009, Anne was honored as New York Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.  She has also been honored with The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching by SUNY-Brockport in 2006.


This is my little dog, Martha, a cockapoo.  Although I've spent most of my life not being a pet person, I got her after my mother died and could think of no other way to get through such a difficult time.

I grew up in a trailer court in Minnesota on the outskirts of town. My bedroom window faced the cemetery, but instead of being afraid, I found it comforting to be so close to the souls of the dead.

For years I've been acquiring old telephones, typewriters, adding machines, cameras and other outdated technologies in what I call The Panning Museum of Antiquated Technology.  This summer I'm planning to have a grand opening where the collection will be "formally" unveiled on my front porch in Brockport.