Tonight at 8:00, Peter Meinke, the Sara Lura Mathews Self Writer-in-Residence for January 2010, will give a reading from his newest books. A reception and book signing co-hosted by the Converse College Bookstore and the Converse Creative Writing program will start at 7:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall and the reading will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Bain Room. Copies of Meinke’s books will be available for purchase.
Meinke has published nearly two dozen books, including seven books of poems in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, the most recent being The Contracted World: New & More Selected Poems (2006). His 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, which also reprinted his book about writing, The Shape of Poetry (2008). In addition, he has published two children’s books, a monograph on the poet Howard Nemerov, and seven poetry chapbooks; a bilingual collection of poems, Maples and Orange Trees, was published in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 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. For many years Meinke taught at Eckerd College where he founded the nation’s first undergraduate creative writing program, and recently he has been writer-in-residence at numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Hawaii, Old Dominion University and Davidson College.
Time: Reception, 7:00 PM, Reading, 8:00 PM
Location: Bain Room, Wilson Hall
Admission: Free Admission, Open to the Public
Contact: Prof. Rick Mulkey, director of Creative Writing