Fanny Howe (born 1940 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Her father was a lawyer and her Irish-born mother played in the Abbey Theatre of Dublin for some time. She is the mother of novelist Danzy Senna. Howe is the recipient of the 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, presented annually by the Poetry Foundation to a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition. Howe is also the recipient of the 2001 Lenore Marshall and Poetry Prize and the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize. She has also published several volumes of prose, including Lives of the Spirit/Glasstown: Where Something Got Broken (2005) and The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life (2003), a collection of essays. She is a professor emeritus of Writing and Literature at the University of California, San Diego.