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University of Arizona Poetry Center Announces New Executive Director
On August 5th, the University of Arizona Poetry Center will have a new Executive Director: Tyler Meier. Meier joins the Poetry Center after working for many years as a poet, administrator, and educator. The announcement, posted on the UA Poetry Center’s website, is a fantastic introduction to Meier and his work:
Meier comes to the Poetry Center from The Kenyon Review in Ohio where he was the managing editor as well as the co-director of the Young Writers Summer Program. He received an MFA from the University of Washington, and his poetry and nonfiction have appeared in At Length, AGNI (online), Laurel Review, Bat City Review, jubilat, Washington Square, Thermos, Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere.
“Now that the Poetry Center has settled into its landmark building, we are ready to embark on the next era of the Center, to expand our vibrant programs and build new audiences for poetry here and across the country. I know Tyler will bring energy and enthusiasm to the position,” said College of Humanities Dean Mary Wildner-Bassett.
“I’m thrilled to join the Poetry Center staff as Executive Director,” said Meier. “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.”
Meier will replace Gail Browne who has served as the Executive Director of the Poetry Center since 2002. Browne is pursuing other arts administration opportunities in the greater Phoenix area.
Congratulations Poetry Center and congratulations Tyler Meier! Read more about the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center and about Tyler Meier, here.