Ann Copeland

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Ann Copeland
BornVirginia Walsh
(1932-12-16) December 16, 1932 (age 86)
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
OccupationShort story writer
Notable worksThe Golden Thread

Ann Copeland is the pen name of Virginia Walsh Furtwangler (born December 16, 1932 in Hartford, Connecticut),[1] an American-Canadian writer. She was a shortlisted nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction at the 1989 Governor General's Awards for her short story collection The Golden Thread.[2]

Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut as Virginia Walsh,[1] she was educated at the Catholic University of America and Cornell University.[1] She married Albert Furtwangler in 1968, and moved to Sackville, New Brunswick where Albert taught at Mount Allison University.[1]

She has published five short story collections and an instructional guide to writing fiction.[3]

She returned to the United States in 1996, and is currently a professor emeritus at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.[3]


  • At Peace (1978)
  • The Back Room (1979)
  • Earthen Vessels (1984)
  • The Golden Thread (1989)
  • Strange Bodies on a Stranger Shore (1994)
  • The ABCs of Writing Fiction (1996)
  • Season of Apples (1996)


  1. ^ a b c d W. H. New, Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2002. ISBN 0802007619. Entry "Copeland, Ann", p. 236.
  2. ^ "Three B.C. writers in running for awards". Vancouver Sun, February 7, 1990.
  3. ^ a b International Who's Who of Authors and Writers 2004. Europa Publications, 2003. ISBN 978-1857431797. Entry "Furtwangler, Virginia Walsh", p. 192.