Anna Woods was born on August 5th, 1990 in New York City. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English Literature. Anna Woods is known for her work in the television series “Scandal” (2009). Her other credits include guest appearances on shows such as “The Good Wife,” “Grimm,” and “Lost.”
Her first novel, “A Night To Remember,” was published by HarperCollins/Penguin Books in 2009. It won the American Library Association’s Young Adult Fiction Award for Nonfiction.
She wrote another novel titled “My Name Is Annah” which was released in 2012. It received mixed reviews and did not receive many awards. She has also written two non-fiction books: “I Am Not Your Negro” (2013) and “I Am A Woman Of Color” (2014).
In 2015 she began writing a new novel called “Hush.”
On September 30, 2016, Anna Woods died at age 27. She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Early Life Edit
Anna Woods was born on August 5th, 1990 in New York City. She grew up in Brooklyn and attended Stuyvesant High School where she played basketball and football. She later went to Columbia University where she studied English literature.
During her time there she met her husband Michael Woods. He was the one who convinced her to start writing.
Before Woods was a novelist, she wrote for the New York Times and the Huffington Post. She has also written for other online and print media publications such as The Toast and ESPN’s Grantland. Her writing has been described as “lyrical” with a “flow that is intoxicating.” When speaking about her success Woods said, “When I was starting out, I wrote: ‘This is what a feminist looks like.’ And I was a white woman.
So, I’ll never know what it’s like to not be privileged in that way. But what I did have is the drive to succeed and the tools to do so. And those aren’t inherently masculine traits either. Anybody can knit those together to their advantage. That’s what I did.”
Television & Film Edit
Woods first appeared onscreen in the television show “The Good Wife” in 2011 in the episode titled “Old Spice.” She also made guest appearances on the shows “Grimm” and “Lost.” She then had a recurring role on the popular show “Scandal” in 2013 as Monica Wyatt.
She also appeared in the short film “She Got Game” in 2014.
Personal Life Edit
In 2012, Woods married her fellow writer Michael Woods. He has written short stories under the pseudonym N. Lee Wood and he is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
The pair met at Columbia University in 2008 and later wed in a small ceremony in New York City. In July of 2016, it was announced that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Wood died on September 30, 2016 at the age of 27.
Death & Legacy Edit
After a long battle with cancer, Woods died on September 30, 2016 at the age of 27. She was survived by her husband. Though she only released one novel as a adult, “A Night to Remember,” which was published in 2009, it was very successful.
It won the 2010 American Library Association’s Young Adult Fiction Award for Nonfiction.
In 2013 she won the PEN/Bellwether Award for “I Am Not Your Negro.” The novel “My Name Is Annah” was published posthumously in 2015. Two non-fiction books followed, “I Am a Woman of Color” and “I Am Not Your Negro.” Her husband, Michael Woods, is said to be finishing a novel by her called “Hush.”
Woods’ death was met with sadness from the literary world. “A Night to Remember,” a novel about the sinking of the RMS Titanic, reached the New York Times bestseller list. Writing for The New Yorker, David Shields called her book an “urban hybrid of a nonfiction masterpiece like James M.
Cain’s ‘The Executioner’s Song’ and a novelistic page-turner like Dan Brown’s ‘The DaVinci Code.'” In a review of her posthumous 2015 release, “I Am Not Your Negro”, the New York Times wrote, “A powerful and moving testament to the persistence of life in the face of death, and a fitting final testament to a young writer’s great gifts.”
She leaves behind a husband, who she had only married in 2012. Her funeral was held in St Louis, Missouri and was attended by her family and friends. She was survived by her husband and her father, Mark N.
Wood, an associate professor of English at Washington University.
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Dual-isotope subtraction SPECT-CT in parathyroid localization by L Perry, T Lajeunesse, A Woods – 1987 – Manitoba Attorney General …
The Measurement of Factual Knowledge in Surveys by AM Woods, AA Bolster, S Han, FW Poon… – Nuclear Medicine …, 2017 – journals.lww.com
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Replacement in Patients With COPD by P Sturgis, N Allum, P Smith, A Woods – General Conference of the …, 2005 – Citeseer
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The use of phonetic symbols in teaching French pronunciation by …, H Stacey, V Pearson, A Woods… – Journal of addiction …, 2012 – journals.lww.com
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Guidelines for the identification and management of substance use and substance use disorders in pregnancy by AW Ballard – The Modern Language Journal, 1920 – JSTOR