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Peter Meinke

Peter Meinke is Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg. His work has appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and dozens of other journals. He’s published 15 books of poems, 7 in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, the most recent being The Contracted World (2006). His poetry has 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 College for many years, and has often been writer-in-residence at other colleges and universities; for Winter Term 2010 he was “Distinguished Visiting Poet” at Converse College, in Spartanburg, SC. The University of Tampa Press has just re-published Lines from Neuchâtel — illustrated by his wife Jeanne — in a handsome 35th Anniversary Edition, with added poems and drawings.  He will be writer-in-residence at the University of South Florida (Tampa) in the fall of 2010.