James Meetze, MFA
College of Liberal Arts
James Meetze is an Instructor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University, where he teaches courses in the Bachelor of Arts in English program with a focus on composition, creative writing, and literary studies. He previously served as Program Manager of the College of Liberal Arts, where he oversaw course development across all disciplines within the College. He holds a BA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of California Santa Cruz (where he was awarded the Poet Laureate Award from the University of California), an MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry from Mills College, and is currently working toward a PhD in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. His book Dayglo was selected by Terrance Hayes as winner of the 2010 Sawtooth Poetry Prize and published by Ahsahta Press in 2011. He is also the author of I Have Designed This for You (Editions Assemblage, 2007), and editor (with Simon Pettet) of Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems by James Schuyler (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010), which was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award. His work has also appeared in four chapbooks and numerous literary periodicals, including AGNI, A Public Space, American Letters & Commentary, The Rattling Wall, and New American Writing, among others. He previously taught Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California San Diego, California State University San Marcos, and in the MFA Program at National University. Meetze largely bases his pedagogy on the dictum that in order to be a good writer, one must first be a great reader. Reading broadly is something he encourages in all his classes at Ashford, and he enjoys the opportunity to recommend books of all genres to his students. Meetze lives in San Diego, CA.