Ann E. Wallace


Jersey City , NJ
New Jersey US

Author's Bio

Ann E. Wallace, PhD is the 2023-24 Poet Laureate of Jersey City, New Jersey. As a long-time survivor of ovarian cancer, a woman with multiple sclerosis, and one of the nation's first Long Covid patients, she has lived and written through illness for thirty years. Pain, disability, and disease—as well as hope and resilience—have inspired and informed her work as a poet, memoirist, patient advocate, and scholar. Her second poetry collection, Days of Grace and Silence: A Chronicle of COVID's Long Haul (Kelsay Books, 2024), was written over three years, beginning when Wallace was first sick with severe acute COVID and following her teenage daughters’ and her long journey of recovery. Wallace’s first collection of poetry, Counting by Sevens (Main Street Rag, 2019), is a reflection on motherhood, illness, and contemporary life in America.

Wallace is host and producer of The WildStory: A Podcast of Poetry and Plants by the Native Plant Society of New Jersey and Professor of English at New Jersey City University. She grew up in a large family in the small waterfront town of Marion, Massachusetts, migrated to New Jersey to study art at Drew University, and never left. 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. Her work is online at and on Instagram @AnnWallace409.



Publications & Prizes

Days of Grace and Silence: A Chronicle of COVID's Long Haul (Kelsay Books, 2024)
Counting by Sevens (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2019)
Prizes won: 

Poet Laureate of Jersey City, NJ, 2023-24

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Adults, Any, At Risk Youth, Disability, Illness/Wellness, Immigration, LGBTQ, Parents, Schools, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Women
Born in: 
Wareham, MA
Raised in: 
Marion, MA
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Last update: Jan 06, 2024