Author: Ann Fisher-Wirth | ISBN: 1931122156 : 9781931122153 | Format: Paperback | Size: 155 x 215mm | Pages: 108 | Weight: .18 Kg. | Published: Midpoint Trade Books (Archer Books) – August 2003 | Availability: In Print | Subjects: Poetry texts & anthologies
The first collection
of powerful personal poetry by an extremely accomplished poet. Ex-U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Haas calls her style realist and modernist, and compares her to William Carlos Williams.
was born Ann Carolyn Welpton on January 25, 1947, in Washington, D.C. Her father was in the United States Army, so at the age of eight months, young Ann moved with her mother and older sister Joan to Germany where her little sister, Jennifer, was born. The family lived in Germany for three years before moving to Pennsylvania in 1950. Then again, in 1955, the family moved to Camp Zama, Japan. After service in both World War II and The Korean War, her father retired in 1957. The family then moved to Berkeley, California, the place that Ann Fisher-Wirth considers her “spiritual home.” Ann graduated magna cum laude from Pomona College in 1968 with a B.A. in English. She married John Fisher that year, and they moved to Belgium to teach at the International School of Liege until 1971. Returning to California, they entered Claremont Graduate School from which Ann received her Ph. D. in English and American Literature in 1982, with a dissertation on the American poet William Carlos Williams. While in graduate school, Ann and John Fisher had three children: Pascale Elizabeth in 1973, Jessica Margaret in 1776, and Lucas John in 1978.
In 1981, Ann was hired as an assistant professor of English at the University of Virginia. She and John Fisher were divorced shortly after they moved to Virginia. She married Peter Wirth in 1983, and their son, Caleb Fisher-Wirth, was born in 1983. Now, with Peter’s daughter, Rebecca, the number of children grew to five. Cover photo of Blue Window by Martin Dain. Ann is the author of William Carlos Williams and Autobiography: The Woods of His Own Nature, published in 1989. She has published many articles on American writers, among them Willa Cather, Robert Hass, and Cormac McCarthy, and has forthcoming work on Kenneth Rexroth, William Faulkner, and Peter Matthiessen. Ann’s poems have appeared in many journals, among them the Georgia Review, the Kenyon Review, Feminist Studies, ISLE, the Southwest Review, the Valparaiso Review, Flyway, and the Florida Review. Her first book of poems, Blue Window appeared from Archer Books in September of 2003. Her chapbook of poems, The Trinket Poems, was runner-up in 2003 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Chapbook Competition and is published by Wind in June 2003. She has completed two more book manuscripts of poetry, Dream Cabinet and Olaus Magnus, Carta Marina and will soon begin looking for a publisher for them.
In 1988 Fisher-Wirth began teaching at the at the University of Mississippi in Oxford where she is currently professor of English. In 1994-1995, Ann was the Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and this past year (2002-2003) she was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. She returns to Ole Miss this fall. More on Ann Fisher-Wirth can be found here…
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