New Poetry Center Executive Director Named

Tyler Meier, managing editor of The Kenyon Review, has been named the new executive director of the UA Poetry Center.
May 17, 2013
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Tyler Meier has been named the new executive director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center.

UA College of Humanities Dean Mary Wildner-Bassett made the announcement, noting that Meier brings years of experience as a poet, administrator and teacher to his position. Meier is slated to begin his post Aug. 5.

Meier comes to the Poetry Center from The Kenyon Review in Ohio where he was the managing editor of the journal, which publishes the work of emergent writers and is supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council.

There, Meier also served as co-director of the Young Writers Summer Program, one of The Kenyon Review's flagship programs. Prior to his directorship, Meier spent five years serving as an instructor of the program.

"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," Wildner-Bassett said.

Meier replaces Gail Browne, who has served as the Poetry Center's executive director since 2002.

Meier earned his undergraduate degree in English, graduating from Kenyon in 2001. He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Washington in 2005.

Since 2007, Meier has overseen the print production, budget, administration, marketing and other areas at The Kenyon Review. There, Meier also has been responsible for supporting fundraising initiatives, facilitating the production of anthologies and developing a social media strategy, among other things.

Prior to his work at The Kenyon Review, Meier served as the house director and house operations assistant for Hampshire College from 2005-07. Earlier, he served as the coordinating editor for the Seattle Review, managing daily operations at the journal.

A widely published poet, Meier's poetry and nonfiction have appeared in numerous national and international publications, including At Length, AGNI Online, the Laurel Review, the Bat City Review, jubilat, Washington Square, Thermos, Forklift, Ohio.

Also, Meier has presented nationally at conferences, readings and other events in Seattle, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. Additionally, he is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, an influential literary organization that, among other things, advances literacy and writing. 

Meier said he is "thrilled" to join the UA Poetry Center.

"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," Meier said.

"The place positively hums. This must be what Ruth Stephan had in mind more than 50 years ago when she had the original, beautiful idea for a Poetry Center," he said. "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."