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Anne Pierson Wiese was born in Minneapolis, MN, and grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where she attended Saint Ann's School for twelve years. She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Amherst College and a graduate degree in fiction from the writing program at New York University. She and her husband, writer Ben Miller, have lived mostly in New York City, but also in Vermont and South Dakota. Currently, they reside in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island, New York. 

She is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Floating City (Louisiana State University Press, 2007), and Which Way Was North (Louisiana State University Press, 2023).

Wiese's poems have appeared in many literary journals, amongst which are: The Nation, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, The New England Review, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Antioch Review, Raritan, The Malahat Review, The Southwest Review, Prairie Schooner, The Hopkins Review, The Southern Poetry Review, and Nimrod International.

Her work has been anthologized in Good Poems: American Places (Viking), Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn (New York University Press), Poem in Your Pocket (Harry N. Abrams), Token Entry: Poems of the New York City Subway (Smalls Press), The City That Never Sleeps: Poems of New York (SUNY Press), and featured by The Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, and Poetry Daily.

Wiese's essays have appeared in The New England Review, The Antioch Review, and Raritan.

Among her honors are the Walt Whitman Award, given by the Academy of American Poets for a debut poetry book, poetry fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the South Dakota Arts Council, a "Discovery"/The Nation Poetry Prize, and the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship.