"But here's a poet that myopic New York has overlooked."

Mike McDonough, reviewing The Contracted World (2007)


"Meinke's wit is sly, as dry as a good martini."

Colette Bancroft, reviewing Unheard Music (2008)


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Peter Meinke has published eight books of poems in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, the most recent being Lucky Bones (2014).  His first book of short stories, The Piano Tuner (U. of Georgia Press, 1986), received the Flannery O’Connor Award; his second, Unheard Music, was published in 2007 by Jefferson Press.   In the last few years, the U. of Tampa has published Lines from Neuchâtel: 35th Anniversary Edition (2009), The Shape of Poetry: A Practical Guide to Writing & Reading Poems (2012), and Truth and Affection: The ‘Poet’s Notebook’ Columns from Creative Loafing (2013), all illustrated by his wife Jeanne Meinke, along with a collection of Jeanne’s drawings from The New Yorker and other publications, Lines from Wildwood Lane (2010).

In addition, Peter has published two children’s books, a monograph on the poet Howard Nemerov, and eight poetry chapbooks; a bilingual collection of poems, Maples & Orange Trees, was published in St. Petersburg, Russia (2005).   His work has appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New Yorker and dozens of literary magazines; and has received numerous awards, including two NEA Fellowships, three prizes from the Poetry Society of America, two O’Henry Awards, and many others.  He directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College for several decades, taking early retirement in 1993.  Before and since then, he has been writer-in-residence at Hamilton College, Davidson College, the University of Hawaii, the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, Old Dominion University, the University of South Florida, Wichita State University, Converse College, and other institutions, most recently with the University of Tampa’s new MFA Program in Creative Writing.

In 2009 he was appointed the first Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg, Florida, where he has lived with his wife Jeanne since 1966. In 2015, Peter was appointed to a three-year term as Poet Laureate of Florida. He also received the first SunLit Festival Award in St. Petersburg for his “Lifetime Achievement in Letters.” And, most recently (fall, 2015), the University of Tampa Press will publish his third children’s book, “The Elf Poem,” again illustrated by Jeanne.


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