Ann Fisher-Wirth is Professor of English and Director of the Minor in Environmental Studies. Her sixth book, The Bones of Winter Birds, was published in February 2019 by Terrapin Books. Her fifth book of poems, Mississippi, appeared from Wings Press in 2018; it is a poetry/photography collaboration with the acclaimed Delta photographer Maude Schuyler Clay. With Laura-Gray Street, she coedited the groundbreaking 625-page collection The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity University Press 2013). Ann is a senior fellow of the Black Earth Institute, an international think tank of artists and scholars whose work focuses on environmental and social justice, the arts, and matters of the spirit. She has been active in the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) since its inception, and has served as its President. She has had a senior Fulbright to Fribourg, Switzerland; has held the Distinguished Chair in American Studies (a Fulbright award) at Uppsala, Sweden; and has been Anne Spencer Poet in Residence at Randolph College in Virginia. She also teaches yoga at Southern Star in Oxford, Mississippi.
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School (1981)
M.A., Claremont Graduate School (1972)
B.A., Pomona College (1968) [magna cum laude]
Teaching and Research Interest:
20th-Century American Literature
Creative Writing (poetry & creative nonfiction)
Literature and Environment
ENVS Courses Taught:
She teaches ENVS 101, the humanities gateway course for the Minor in Environmental Studies; ENG 389, American Environmental Literature; and ENG 405, Nature Writing. All these count toward the minor.