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Believeland & Nearly 2017

November 28, 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and 2016 has been a long, weird, intriguing and intense year.

I’ve been writing poems on gun culture and gun violence–you can read (and hear me read) “Dollar General” over at the Oxford American website.  I was at the incredible and idyllic MacDowell Colony for 2 weeks in June, holed up in a …

2016 News: Belfast & Back

March 27, 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I was on sabbatical in Northern Ireland for a big chunk of last year as the 2014-15 US-UK Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast, where I taught a post-graduate module to their amazing MA and PhD students on Documentary & Investigative …

readings, reviews, runaway truck ramps

September 1, 2014

Fall’s nearly here, VT is in session again, and the first reviews of Copia are starting to roll in.  I got a star (a star!) from Publishers Weekly, which says “Meitner…delivers a collection that bursts with American abundance…With rich language and an eye for the texture of common objects….Meitner has a stake in personal exploration that brings intimacy and despair …

signs of spring & other 2014 news

March 11, 2014

After the longest winter of polar vortexes ever, the daffodils are starting to come up here in Virginia.  I just got back from AWP 2014 in Seattle, where I got to participate in a terrific panel (“Daydreaming at the Mini-Mart”), a fantabulous on-site reading (for Anhinga Press’s 40th Birthday), and an amazing off-site reading (for Muzzle Magazine & Vinyl Poetry).  …

Welcome to My New Website

October 2, 2013

While I loved my old website, which I designed and built myself using Microsoft Frontpage and Dreamweaver in the early days of the interwebs, it was getting really arduous to update due to the Pleistocene-era software I was using.  So welcome to my brand new website, which runs on WordPress, and was designed and built by the fabulous Josh McCall.