Peggy M. Fisher holds an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. She retired from the Philadelphia public school system after twenty-eight years of counseling young people. Early in her career, Fisher taught Psychology and Sociology and served as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps.
Ms. Fisher introduced her inspirational prose poems to the public in 1993 under the pen name of PM Fisher, and sold them separately at many venues throughout the States. In 1999 she combined some of her poems with Black history and self published, Lifting Voices: Voices of the Collective Struggle. A review in the Courier-Post called it “...a deft synopsis of black history, well chosen quotations ...and Fisher’s lovely lyric poems...” Many of the poems from Lifting Voices appeared in several anthologies including: America at the Millennium, The Overflowing Stream, Collections, Among the Roses, Treasured Poems of America and Commemorating Excellence. After the publication of Lifting Voices., she had no intention of writing another book until she met Dr. Gloria Wade-Gayles at the Hurston Wright Foundation.
Peggy Fisher has attended many conferences and workshops, most notably The Hurston-Wright Foundation, the New Jersey Council of the Arts and Artists Program, Rutgers University, Certification in Leading Writing Workshops from the Amherst Writers and Artists, Goucher College, the International Women’s Writers Guild workshops at Skidmore College and New York, and poetry workshops led by Cave Canem fellows. In 2009, she traveled to Vona in California where she began work on her memoir tentatively titled Journey to the Jewels Within.
In the past, Peggy Fisher presented workshops in writing at the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers annual conferences and met with middle and high school students in public and private schools to talk with them about the problems they see facing their age group. This is the group she would like to return to in the near future.
In March 2006, Ms. Fisher published a book of prayers and affirmations, titled Search Lights For My Soul, which received an award from the Reader Views in 2007. She is one of the featured authors in an anthology The Story that Must Be Told, published by Loving Healing Press in 2007. Her essays have appeared in the Story Circle Journal and On Being with Krista Tippett blog. Peggy Fisher's poem the "King of Pop" appeared in the 14th Annual Natural Poetry Celebration Anthology. New Brunswick Public Library 2012. Her poems for Ida B. Wells and Nelson Mandela appeared in the anthology, Poetry Ink in 2012 and 2013 respectively. She continues to work on her memoir, a children's picture book and several poems that have been gnawing at her muse.
On a personal level, Ms. Fisher has practiced yoga and meditation for over three decades and has continued with instruction and courses in these disciplines through the Sky Foundation and the Yoga Research Society based in Philadelphia. She is a world traveler with special interests in the continents of Africa and Asia. Ms. Fisher is the mother of three adult children and the proud grandmother of two.