Ann Fisher-Wirth, poet, author and scholar, will give a Glasgow Endowment-sponsored reading on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the Hillel House at Washington and Lee University. The reading is free and open to the public.
Fisher-Wirth will read from her new book, “Dream Cabinet,” and other works. Books will be for sale.
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.
W&L’s Glasgow Endowment was established by the late Arthur G. Glasgow for the “promotion of the expression of art through pen and tongue.” In the past four decades the endowment has hosted authors including W.S. Merwin and Mary Oliver.