Master of Fine Arts, Mills College

Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing, University of California, Santa Cruz

James Meetze, MFA
Division of General Education


James Meetze is part of the core faculty in the Communication Arts department that is part of the Division of General Education 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.


James Meetze, Instructor of English, College of Liberal Arts was selected as Judge of the 2013 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. Also, on July 25, he read and presented on a panel in Tijuana as part of the 4th Annual Festival de Poesia Tijuana, which is sponsored by the government of Mexico. He read with the translator, Aurelio Merzbau, who is currently translating his book Dayglo (2011) into Spanish. On the 22rd of July, 2013 Instructor Meetze lead a workshop at San Diego Writers Ink, a non-profit community organization for writers.

Dr. Andrew Shean, Dr. Jeffrey Hall, and James Meetze, MFA co-presented their session Discussing Critical Thinking Strategies at the 2013 WASC Academic Resource Conference in San Diego, CA in April 2013.