Ann E. Wallace

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Poet Laureate of Jersey City, New Jersey, 2023–2024

Ann E. Wallace is a poet, memoirist, patient advocate, and scholar. She grew up in Marion, Massachusetts, and moved to New Jersey to study art at Drew University. She holds a master’s degree in women’s studies from Rutgers University and a doctorate in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Wallace is the author of the poetry collection Days of Grace and Silence: A Chronicle of COVID’s Long Haul (Kelsay Books, 2024). The book was written over three years, beginning when Wallace was first sick with severe, acute COVID. It follows her long journey of recovery and that of her teenage daughters. She is also the author of the poetry collection Counting by Sevens (Main Street Rag, 2019). 

Wallace is the host and producer of The WildStory: A Podcast of Poetry and Plants by the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, and a professor of English at New Jersey City University. Wallace was appointed poet laureate of Jersey City, New Jersey, and will serve through 2024.