Ann Fisher-Wirth is the author of three books of poetry, Carta Marina (Wings Press, 2009), Five Terraces (Wind Publications, 2005), and Blue Window (Archer Books, 2003). She has also published two chapbooks, Walking Wu-Wei's Scroll (Drunken Boat [online], 2005) and The Trinket Poems (Wind, 2003). Her chapbook Slide Shows placed second in Finishing Line's 2008 competition and will be published in Winter 2009. With Laura-Gray Street she is coediting "Earth's Body," an international anthology of contemporary ecopoetry in English or translated into English; it will appear from Trinity University Press in 2011. Her poems also appear and are forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, Fairy Tale Review, Rampike, Blackbird, The Connecticut Review, Sentence, Hawk & Handsaw, When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry by Women, Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California, Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes, and Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv. Her work has received numerous awards, among them a Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, the Rita Dove Poetry Award, a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize, two Mississippi Arts Commission Poetry Fellowships, eight Pushcart nominations, and a Pushcart Special Mention.
Fisher-Wirth is also a literary scholar and critic, the author of William Carlos Williams and Autobiography: The Woods of His Own Nature (Penn State UP, 1989) and of numerous essays on American writers, notably Willa Cather. She is Professor of English at the University of Mississippi, where she teaches creative writing (poetry), American literature, and environmental literature, and directs the Minor in Environmental Studies. In 1994-1995 she held a Senior Fulbright at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland; in 2002-2003 she held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. She has been active in the 1000-member international Association for the Study of Literature and Environment since its inception, and served as ASLE President in 2006.
She loves to give poetry readings, which have taken her to colleges, universities, festivals, and bookstores around the U.S andin England, Scotland, Switzerland, and Sweden. One of her poems, an ecopoetic sequence called "Dream Cabinet," was recently part of an art installation in London. She will return to the University of Fribourg for two months in the spring of 2010 to teach courses in American ecopoetry, and will return to Sweden at that time to give a series of readings from Carta Marina.
Born in Washington, D.C., Ann was raised as an Army brat and lived in Germany, Pennsylvania, and Japan until her father retired and the family settled in Berkeley, California. She received her degrees from Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School, and has taught at Pomona College, Scripps College, the University of Virginia, and the University of Mississippi.
My poetry has been influenced by many, many writers over the years. As an English major at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School, I read the great --among them, William Carlos Williams, Louise Gluck, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, W. S. Merwin, Gary Snyder, and various contemporary poets who are my friends.
Earth's Body: An Ecopoetry Anthology (coedited with Laura-Gray Street), forthcoming from Trinity University Press, 2011.
Slide Shows, Finishing Line Press, 2009.
Besides being with my family and writing poetry, I love to teach, travel, read, walk in the woods with my husband, garden, and cook.
Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Oxfam
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