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James Meetze, MFA



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 film studies, creative writing, and literary studies. 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 on his doctoral dissertation and will earn a PhD in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of three books of poetry, including Phantom Hour (Ahsahta Press, 2016), Dayglo, which was selected by Terrance Hayes as winner of the 2010 Sawtooth Poetry Prize (Ahsahta Press, 2011), and I Have Designed This for You (Editions Assemblage, 2007). He is 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 five chapbooks and numerous literary periodicals, including AGNI, A Public Space, American Letters & Commentary, The Rattling Wall, and New American Writing, among others. In 2015, Bridgepoint Education published Transcending Genre: An Introduction to the Elements of Creative Writing, co-authored with Adam Deutsch. James 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 was selected to Judge the 2013 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. He has performed his work in Mexico as part of the 4th Annual Festival de Poesia Tijuana, and his book Dayglo (2011) is currently being translated into Spanish. His book Phantom Hour (2016) is currently being translated into Turkish. In October 2014, he was invited to speak about mythopoesis and contemporary poetry at the Literature and Cultural Studies Conference: Mythmaking across Boundaries at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey, where a reading of his poetry was one of the keynote addresses. He gives readings around the country and in 2016 will be traveling in support of his new book, Phantom Hour (Ahsahta Press).

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.


Master of Fine Arts, Mills College
Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing
University of California, Santa Cruz

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