Ann Fisher-Wirth, Ph.D.

Posted on: November 8th, 2012 by pbpayton

Ann Fisher-Wirth teaches poetry workshops and seminars, 20th-century American literature, and a wide range of courses in environmental literature. She also teaches yoga, and heads the Environmental Studies minor at the University of Mississippi. An Army brat as a small child, she has lived in Germany, Pennsylvania, Japan, California, Belgium, Virginia, Switzerland, and Sweden. She and her husband, Peter Wirth, have (between them) five grown children. They have been in Mississippi for over 20 years.


  • Ph.D., English and American literature, Claremont Graduate School (1981)
  • M.A., English and American literature, Claremont Graduate School (1972)
  • B.A., magna cum laude, English, Pomona College (1968)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • 20th-Century American literature
  • 20th-Century poetry
  • Creative Writing (poetry, also creative nonfiction)
  • Ecocriticism
  • Literature and Environment

Selected Publications

  • Anthology of Contemporary American Ecopoetry, coedited with Laura-Gray Street, forthcoming from Trinity University Press, 2012.
  • Carta Marina (Wings Press, 2009).
  • Slide Shows (Finishing Line Press, 2009).
  • Five Terraces (Wind Publications, 2005).
  • Walking Wu Wei’s Scroll (The Drunken Boat, online, 2005).
  • The Trinket Poems (Wind, 2003).
  • Blue Window(poems). Archer Books, 2003.
  • “The Authority of Poetry,” Authority Matters: Rethinking the Theory and Practice of Authorship, ed. Stephen Donovan, Danuta Fjellestad, and Rolf Lunden, Rodopi, 2008.
  • “William Faulkner, Peter Matthiessen, and the Environmental Imagination.” In Faulkner and Ecology, Ed. Joe Urgo, U MS Press, 2005.
  • “El Otro Sud: Willa Cather and Cormac McCarthy.” In Value and Vision in American Literature: Literary Essays in Honor of Ray Lewis White, ed. Joseph Candido, Ohio UP, 2000, pp. 115-132.

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