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Acclaimed poet Ann Fisher-Wirth to offer reading

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 304 hits

Ann Fisher-Wirth will read from her most recent collection, Dream Cabinet, at the Edith Davis Eve Chapel Thursday, February 13, at 12:15 p.m.

Dream Cabinet, published by Wings Press in 2012, is Fisher-Wirth’s fourth book of poetry. Her other collections are Carta Marina, Blue Window, and Five Terraces. 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, two Mississippi Arts Commission fellowships, and twelve Pushcart nominations including a Special Mention. One reviewer has written of Dream Cabinet that it is a “stunning” project where Fisher-Wirth “grapples with both the personal and the environmental and political, from her own family lineage to the BP oil spill,” opening “individual experience beyond itself to the larger natural world whose cycles exceed the scope of any one life.”

Fisher-Wirth has also coedited The Ecopoetry Anthology, which was published last year and has been called “the authoritative collection of contemporary American poetry about nature and the environment.” Her academic publications include a book, William Carlos Williams and Autobiography: The Woods of His Own Nature, published by Penn State University Press.

A past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Fisher-Wirth teaches at the University of Mississippi, where she also directs the minor in Environmental Studies. In 2006 she was Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year and College of Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year. She has also held a senior Fulbright at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. She also teaches yoga at Southern Star Yoga Studio in Oxford, MS.

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