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Anne Harding Woodworth collection

Identifier: MS2372

Scope and Contents

This collection contains poems written by Anne Harding Woodworth. The poems were written between 1978-2017. Included are hundreds of unpublished poems as well as copies of Woodworth’s published volumes.


  • Creation: 1978-2017


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of six books of poetry and four chapbooks. Her most recent book, The Eyes Have It, was published in February 2018 by Turning Point. Her work appears widely in literary print journals in the U.S. and abroad, as well as at sites on line.

Born in 1943 in Summit, New Jersey, Harding Woodworth is a graduate of Kent Place School and Smith College, with a Masters in Fine Arts in Poetry from Fairleigh-Dickinson University. In 1967, she married Demetrius P. Lalas of Athens, Greece, who was a professor at Wayne State University in Detroit and held the Chair of Meteorology at the University of Athens. She has two sons, Greg and Alexi Lalas, who are both well known in the American soccer community. When the family was living in Athens, she worked for Lycabettus Press, which published her first book of poetry, Guide to Greece and Back, under the name of Anne Harding Lalas. From 1983 to 1991 she worked at Chrysler Corporation, and during this hiatus from writing poetry, she divorced in 1990.

She returned to writing poetry following her marriage to Fred L. Woodworth, a Detroit lawyer, in 1991. They moved to Washington, D.C., in 1993, and since 1997 they have been dividing their time between their home in Washington and a cabin in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Harding Woodworth is co-chair of the Poetry Board of the Folger Shakespeare Library and is involved in the Parkmont Poetry Festival for high school students at Parkmont School in DC. Together with DC actress Kimberly Schraf, she has initiated the Parkmont Poetry Series. She was the first chair of DC Scores, an after-school soccer-poetry program in DC public schools, founded by Julie Kennedy.

Harding Woodworth sings in The City Choir of Washington under the direction of Maestro Robert Shafer, and she has fun with the piano, as well as the cornet, having learned to play the bugle and trumpet in 2010. Her poem, “Taps,” won the Virginia Art of the Book Center’s broadside prize in 2012. Her poem, “Winter Night,” was set to music by her sister, composer Bundy H. Boit, and recorded with six voices. It will be released digitally in 2019 on and as part of a lullaby album.

An excerpt from Harding Woodworth’s chapbook, The Last Gun, won the 2015-2016 COG Poetry Award, judged by A. Van Jordan. Part of the prize involved an animation of the excerpt, which can be seen at Her one-woman play Hannah Alive, read by Kimberly Schraf at the Nora School in Silver Spring, MD, was chosen as a finalist by the Adirondack Shakespeare Co. in 2016, which gave it a reading in Essex, NY.


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This collection contains poems written by Anne Harding Woodworth (1943- ) between 1978 and 2017. Woodworth is a poet who has been most active in the Washington D.C. area. Woodworth has written five books of poetry and four chapbooks. In addition to her time as a poet, Woodworth was also the co-chair of the Poetry Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library.


Organized alphabetically.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anne Harding Woodworth, December 19, 2017 (2017.0078)

Separated Materials

Fourteen books were separated from this collection and added to the special collections stacks. These books include, Guide to Greece and Back, At Home in Athens, Soccer Zones, The Mushroom Papers, Up From the Root Cellar, Herding, and The Last Gun.

Guide to the Anne Woodworth papers, 1978-2017
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America