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April 1, 2005

Little Theater, Quad 346, SJU

Jay, Martha, and Anna Meek

A Family Poetry Reading

Jay Meek has published his poetry and fiction in numerous journals; he is the author of eight collections of poetry and a novel, as well as the editor of several poetry anthologies. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Bush Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For years, he was poetry editor of the North Dakota Quarterly and directed the graduate writing program at the University of North Dakota. He has read from his poetry at many schools, including Harvard, Yale, and, this past fall, the Library of Congress.

Martha Meek, a resident scholar at the Ecumenical Institute where she is completing a manuscript of poems, has previously published a collection entitled Rude Noises; she has also published her work in such journals as The Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, and Spirituality and Health. Together with Jay Meek, she is the editor of Prairie Volcano, the first anthology of poetry and fiction by North Dakota writers. Having founded the non-profit St. Ives Press, she became editor and published of In Kind , poems in celebration of poet Phillip Booth’s 70th birthday. She also served as book review editor for the North Dakota Quarterly. Articles by both Jay and Martha Meek appear in John Hassler’s recent anthology Stories Teachers Tell.

Jay and Martha’s daughter Anna, herself an accomplished poet, will join them for the reading.