Reading and Book Signing with Ann Fisher-Wirth

Reading and Book Signing with Ann Fisher-Wirth

Thursday, Mar 30, 2023 5:30 PM - 6:30 AM

Join us for a reading and book signing


Ann Fisher-Wirth

for her new book of poetry,

Paradise is Jagged

(Terrapin Books, $17 paperback)


“In this extraordinary collection, Ann Fisher-Wirth looks levelly at mortality, grief, and memory, and reckons with what it is to be urgently alive, bringing her incisive nuance to subjects ranging from the loss of a beloved sister to Mississippi's Parchman Penitentiary to our imperiled natural world to the comforts of marital love. In "Wooden Comb," Fisher-Wirth writes, "I cannot reconcile how the world is sweet, how the world is burning." Paradise Is Jagged is too wise a book to promise impossible reconciliation. Instead it offers a benediction of sorts: Walk with me through this difficult and tender place, it says. Willingly, gratefully, we do.”

---Catherine Pierce, Danger Days, 2021-2025 Mississippi Poet Laureate

          Ann Fisher-Wirth is the author of six previous books of poetry, including The Bones of Winter Birds (Terrapin Books, 2019) and Mississippi, a poetry/photography collaboration with Maude Schuyler Clay (Wings Press, 2018). With Laura-Gray Street, she coedited The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity UP, 2013). Her awards include three Mississippi Arts Commission Poetry Fellowships and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize. She has had residencies at Djerassi, Hedgebrook, The Mesa Refuge, Camac/France, and Storyknife, and was the 2017 Anne Spencer Poet in Residence at Randolph College. In 1994-1995 she taught on a Fulbright award at Fribourg, Switzerland, and in 2002-2003 she was Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies at Uppsala, Sweden. Recently she coedited a collection of eco-writing and eco-art from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, and the American South with Laura-Gray Street and regional editors Mildred Barya, Esther Vincent, Juan Carlos Galeano, and Craig Santos Perez, for the journal The Global South. A senior fellow and board member of the Black Earth Institute, she is newly retired from the University of Mississippi, where she taught in the MFA program and directed the Environmental Studies program. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi