An award-winning University of Mississippi author has scheduled a promotional appearance in support of her latest book. Ann Fisher-Wirth, professor of English, is slated to read from “Carta Marina: A Poem in Three Parts” (Wings Press, 2009) Monday (April 6) at Off Square Books in Oxford. She will autograph copies beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the reading to follow. The event is free and open to the public.
Winner of a Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, a Rita Dove Poetry Award and a Poetry Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, Fisher-Worth already has received critical acclaim for the book.
“Passionately and precisely, sensuously and learnedly, ‘Carta Marina’ maps the terrain of our earthly fidelities and losses,” wrote poet Jane Hirshfield. “These poems summon abundance.”
“The first largely accurate map of the Northern Countries, completed by the Swedish historian Olaus Magnus in 1539, the map called ‘Carta Marina’ explodes with phantasmagoria,” Fisher-Wirth said. “Trolls, sea serpents, reindeer, lions, warriors, monsters all coexist in the map; and in the poem they become metaphors for the wilderness, the realm of dream and terror, that constantly haunts our constructions of order.
“‘Carta Marina’ is about the ways in which the heart can open, and, with great difficulty, negotiate various forms of love, creating a path that honors what is lost and what remains.”
Fisher-Wirth received two Poetry Fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission, eight Pushcart nominations and a Pushcart Special Mention. She has held a Fulbright lectureship at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden.
A graduate of Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School, Fisher-Wirth joined the UM faculty in 1988. She teaches creative writing, American literature and courses in literature and the environment.
For more information about the Department of English, call 662-915-7439 or visit https://www.olemiss.edu/depts/english .