Peter Meinke

Professor Emeritus of Literature & Creative Writing

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The Elf Poem, Lucky Bones, Lines from Wildwood LaneLines from NeuchatelUnheard Music


M.A., Literature, University of Michigan
Ph.D., English Literature, University of Minnesota

Peter Meinke

The new & revised version of Peter Meinke’s book about writing, The Shape of Poetry, has just been published. The Contracted World, his 14th book of poetry, is his most recent in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, which includes Zinc Fingers,Scars, and Liquid Paper. Unheard Music, a collection of short stories, came out in 2007. His poetry and fiction have received many awards, including two NEA Fellowships and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O’Connor Award. He directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd for many years, and the College recently established The Peter Meinke Endowed Professorship in Creative Writing. Sterling Watson is the first holder of this position.