Ann Fisher-Wirth

Official Panelist

2023 Participant · Mississippi · Poetry

Ann Fisher-Wirth
Ann Fisher-Wirth

Ann Fisher-Wirth's seventh book of poems is Paradise Is Jagged (Terrapin Books, 2023). Her sixth is The Bones of Winter Birds, and her fifth, a poetry/photography collaboration with Maude Schuyler Clay, is Mississippi. With Laura-Gray Street, she coedited The Ecopoetry Anthology. A senior fellow of the Black Earth Institute, Ann received a Fulbright to the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. She has had artist residencies at Djerassi, Hedgebrook, The Mesa Refuge, Camac, and Storyknife. Her awards and prizes include three poetry fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize, a Rita Dove Poetry Prize, a Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, and the 2023 Governor's Award for Excellence in Literature and Poetry from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Current projects include a new, coedited Ecopoetry Anthology: Volume II, which will feature American ecopoetry from 2010 to 2025; a "photopoem" exhibition with Wilfried Raussert, "In the chalice of your thoughts," to be mounted at the Guadalajara Book Festival next fall and published as a book; and a coedited special issue of the journal Global South titled "The expression of the world is infinite: The Ecoarts Issue," focusing on literature and visual art from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, and the US South. Ann retired in 2022 from the University of Mississippi, where she taught in the MFA program and directed the Environmental Studies program for 34 years. Until recently, she also taught yoga at Southern Star.

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Book Title(s)

  • Paradise is Jagged

2023 Activities