December 19, 2013

New Director of UA Poetry Center Advocate of Power in Writing

Tyler Meier talks about the center's commitment to the community; center's ongoing investment in writing, creativity.

Poet administrator and teacher Tyler Meier assumed the role of executive director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center August 2013, replacing Gail Browne who had served since 2002.

Meier formerly lived in Ohio, where he was the managing editor of The Kenyon Review and the co-director of the Young Writers Summer Program.

His poetry and nonfiction have been published in journals such as At Length, The Laurel Review, Bat City Review, Washington Square, and _Forklift. Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety _.

“I’m thrilled to join the poetry center staff as executive director,” Meier was quoted on the poetry center's website. “From the volunteers and donors and docents to the writers who visit in the reading series, from the incredibly dedicated staff to the larger community served by the collections and programs and events, I’ve been truly astounded by all of the people who participate in the daily life of the center."

"The place positively hums. This must be what Ruth Stephan had in mind over fifty years ago when she had the original, beautiful idea for a poetry center. It is an aspirational space that recognizes and celebrates a central role for poetry in our contemporary culture, and it amplifies our hopes for what the art form might do in the years to come.”

In this interview with AZ Illustrated Arts host Elizabeth Burden, Meier talked about the poetry center's ongoing financial investment in both the writing and and publishing of poetry, and how he hopes to expand the public's awareness of the potential that the written word has to change attitudes and lives.

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