Ann Fischer-Wirth’s seventh book of poems, Paradise is Jagged (February 2023), is forthcoming from Terrapin Press. Her sixth book of poems, The Bones of Winter Birds, was published by Terrapin Press in February 2019. Her fifth book, Mississippi, is a poetry/photography collaboration with Delta photographer Maude Schuyler Clay. Her other books of poems are Dream Cabinet, Carta Marina, Blue Window, and Five Terraces, and the chapbooks The Trinket PoemsWalking Wu-Wei’s Scroll, and Slide Shows. With Laura-Gray Street she coedited The Ecopoetry Anthology, published by Trinity University Press early in 2013; a third edition was in January 2020. Her poems appear widely and have received numerous awards, including a Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, the Rita Dove Poetry Award, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Award, three Mississippi Arts Commission fellowships, and thirteen Pushcart nominations including a Special Mention. She has received the 2023 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Literature and Poetry from the Mississippi Arts Commission. She has had residencies at Djerassi, Hedgebrook, The Mesa Refuge, Camac/France, and Storyknife. A senior fellow and board member of Black Earth Institute, Ann was 2017 Anne Spencer Poet in Residence at Randolph College.

Recently she coedited a collection of eco-writing and eco-art from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, and the American South with Laura-Gray Street and regional editors Mildred Barya, Esther Vincent, Juan Carlos Galeano, and Craig Santos Perez, for the journal The Global South.

Ann has had a senior Fulbright lectureship to the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and has held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Uppsala University, Sweden. In 2006 she was President of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. She is newly retired from the University of Mississippi, where she taught in the MFA program and directed the Environmental Studies program. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi and teaches yoga at Southern Star Yoga Studio.

3 thoughts on “Bio

  1. am an Ecopoet from Israel. we are organizing a sustainability poetry festival and would like to communicate with yo

    Sabina Messeg
    ecopoet and translator

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