Peter Meinke

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Peter Meinke is Poet Laureate of Florida.  His latest book, To Start With, Feel Fortunate, received the 2017 William Meredith Award; it’s the 2nd collection of his Poet’s Notebook columns, illustrated by his wife Jeanne.  His other recent books include The Expert Witness (2016), a collection of stories,  a children’s book in verse, The Elf Poem (2015), and Lucky Bones (2014), his eighth collection in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series.  His work has appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and dozens of other magazines. He has published over 20 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Truth and Affection, published by the University of Tampa Press (2013), is a collection of his Poet’s Notebook columns with his wife Jeanne’s drawings, from Tampa Bay’s alternative newspaper, Creative Loafing. His poetry has received many awards, including two NEA Fellowships and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short fiction, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O’Connor Award.Mr. Meinke directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd College for many years and has often been writer-in-residence at other colleges and universities.  On March 13, 2018, he read to and with the Parkland students at their “Poetry for Peace” one-month anniversary.