Ann Fisher-Wirth

Ann Fisher-Wirth is the daughter of a career Army officer and an English teacher. Her fourth book of poems, Dream Cabinet, was published by Wings Press in 2012. Her other books of poems are Carta MarinaBlue Window, and Five Terraces, and her chapbooks are First, earthSlide ShowsWalking Wu-Wei’s Scroll, and The Trinket Poems. With Laura-Gray Street, she coedited the groundbreaking Ecopoetry Anthology, published by Trinity University Press in 2013.  Her poems have received numerous awards, including a Malahat Review Long Poem Prizethe Rita Dove Poetry Award, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Award, two Mississippi Arts Commission fellowships, and thirteen Pushcart nominations including a Special Mention. They have been published in journals such as Prairie SchoonerBlackbirdThe Valparaiso Review,Terrain.orgCutThroatThe Mississippi Review, and Copper Nickel. In 2012, Ann was a finalist to become Poet Laureate of Mississippi. Her current projects are a collaborative poetry/photography manuscript called Mississippi with the acclaimed photographer Maude Schuyler Clay, and a poetry manuscript tentatively called These Things.

Ann teaches American literature, environmental studies, and MFA poetry workshops and seminars at the University of Mississippi, and directs the university’s minor in Environmental Studies. She received the College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award in 2006 and the Elsie W. Hood university-wide Teaching Award in 2014. She has held a senior Fulbright at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland; and the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden; and has served as President of the 1000-member Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. Also she teaches yoga at Southern Star Yoga Studio in Oxford, MS.