The Jersey City Municipal Council established the position of Poet Laureate by resolution on November 30, 2022. Ann E. Wallace, PhD was named the new Poet Laureate (2023-2024).
About Ann E. Wallace, PhD:
Ann E. Wallace, PhD is a poet, essayist, and public speaker from Jersey City, New Jersey who has written and spoken widely about her experience with Long COVID. She has lived a life of illness, from ovarian cancer in her twenties, to a multiple sclerosis diagnosis before age 40, to marking her 50th birthday in 2020 with a severe case of COVID from which she has spent more than two years recovering. Pain, disability, and disease have inspired and informed her work over the past three decades as a poet, essayist, memoir writer, and literary scholar of illness narratives and trauma studies. Her work has appeared in a wide range of venues, including dozens of literary journals, popular media including Huffington Post and USA Today, and academic journals and collections.