Chatham University

Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Faculty and Staff

Ann Fisher-Wirth

Ann Fisher-Wirth
Adjunct Faculty Member
Hometown : Oxford, MS
Joined Chatham : 2008

Academic Areas of Interest

Modern and contemporary American poetry, English Creative Writing (poetry), English Environmental Studies, interdisciplinary Humanities Ecopoetry, English

Personal Areas of Interest

Yoga, writing, traveling, walking, cooking, being with family

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Ann Fisher-Wirth's third book of poems, Carta Marina, was published by Wings Press in April 2009. She is also the author of Blue Window (2003) and Five Terraces (2005), and of the chapbooks The Trinket Poems, Walking Wu-Wei's Scroll, and Slide Shows (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in December 2009). With Laura-Gray Street she is coediting an anthology of contemporary ecopoetry, to be published by Trinity University Press. Her publications also include William Carlos Williams and Autobiography: The Woods of His Own Nature, and many essays on American literature. Her poems have received numerous awards, including the Rita Dove Poetry Award, a Malahat Review Long Poem Award, the Poetry Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, and eight Pushcart nominations including a Special Mention. She has had Fulbrights to Switzerland and Sweden, and will teach for two months in Switzerland in spring 2010. She is Professor of English at the University of Mississippi, where she also directs the Environmental Studies minor. She also teaches yoga. She is married to Peter Wirth; they have five grown children and quickly increasing numbers of grandchildren.


  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School (Claremont, CA), 1982. M.A., Claremont Graduate School, 1972. B.A., Pomona College (Claremont, CA), 1968.


  • Carta Marina (poems, 2009). Five Terraces (poems, 2005). Blue Window (poems, 2003). Slide Shows (poetry chapbook, forthcoming). Walking Wu-Wei's Scroll (online chapbook, 2005). The Trinket Poems (chapbook, 2003). Untitled ecopoetry anthology (coedited, forthcoming 2012). William Carlos Williams and Autobiography: The Woods of His Own Nature (1989).


  • Rita Dove Poetry Award, 2004. Malahat Review Long Poem Award, 2004. Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Award, 2004. Eight Pushcart nominations; one Pushcart Special Mention, 2007. Two Mississippi Arts Council Poetry Fellowships.


  • ASLE, AWP, William Carlos Williams Society, WOM-PO, PEN America