Writers at Studio 11 reading series will present poet, author and scholar Ann Fisher-Wirth on Monday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Studio 11 Gallery.
The reading is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Books by Fisher-Wirth will be available for sale.
Fisher-Wirth will read from her new book, Dream Cabinet, and other works. The event will also include brief readings by student writers Liz Pringle, Shearry Hodges and Taylor Ellesse Goodwin from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Max Chapnick ’13 from Washington and Lee University and John Dongieux and Denver Reese from Virginia Military Institute. Janice Bell from Sub Terra and Laura-Gray Street from Randolph College will also give brief readings.
Of Dream Cabinet, author Claudia Emerson writes “Fisher-Wirth reminds us that the earth’s uncertain passage is inextricable from our own as she deftly interweaves the political with the personal—crafting again and again ‘the made thing out of the sheltering darkness.’”
Fisher-Wirth is the author of four books of poems and four chapbooks, including Dream Cabinet (2012), Five Terraces (2005) and Blue Window (2004). The chapbooks include Slide Shows (2009) and Walking Wu Wei’s Scroll (2005). She is also a co-editor of a collaborative anthology.
She has a forthcoming publication, The Ecopoetry Anthology, with Laura-Gray Street (2013). She also over 100 poems in publications (some online), including “Mississippi” in (Revolution)esque, 2012; “La Garde Guérin” in Poemeleon (online), 2011; “Thirty Years After I Left Your Father” in Poemeleon (online), 2011; and “If Not, Winter” in Copper Nickel, 2011.
Fisher-Wirth’s awards include a Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, the Rita Dove Poetry Award, a Poetry Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, and two Poetry Fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission. She has received six Pushcart nominations and a 2007 Pushcart Special Mention.
She has held a Fulbright lecturership at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. Fisher-Wirth is a professor in English and environmental studies at the University of Mississippi.
Studio 11 is located at 11 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Lexington. Artist Tim Wilson’s show “Exile of Nature” will be on display, officially running in Studio 11 from Nov. 2 through Dec. 22. The series is coordinated by Mattie Quesenberry Smith of DSLCC and Lesley Wheeler of W&L with help from both schools. This event is sponsored by the Glasgow Endowment at Washington and Lee.
The next Writers at Studio 11 event on Dec. 3, featuring Paul Handstedt, will include an open mic.