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Scott Ward
Professor of Literature and Creative Writing

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Peter Meinke

Emeritus Professor

Peter MeinkeThe new & revised version of Peter Meinke's book about writing, The Shape of Poetry, has just been published. The Contracted World, his 14th book of poetry, is his most recent in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, which includes Zinc Fingers, Scars, and Liquid Paper. Unheard Music, a collection of short stories, came out in 2007. His poetry and fiction have received many awards, including two NEA Fellowships and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. His book of short stories, The Piano Tuner, won the 1986 Flannery O'Connor Award. He directed the Writing Workshop at Eckerd for many years, and the College recently established The Peter Meinke Endowed Professorship in Creative Writing. Sterling Watson is the first holder of this position.


A Few Titles from Peter Meinke

Trying to Surprise GodNight Watch on the ChesapeakeThe Piano Tuner

The Rat PoemsLiquid PaperLines From

The Night Train and the Golden BirdScarsCampocorto

Underneath the LanternThe Contracted World


Artistic Achievement Scholarships are available to creative writers. Interested students should follow the Creative Writing Award Submission Guidelines Located on the Financial Aid Home Page under Scholarships and Artistic Achievement Awards and mail all pertinent materials prior to the application deadline.

Writers in Paradise

Writers in Paradise

Located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Eckerd College, this writers' conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending time with motivated and talented participants who seek an intimate, unhurried climate for learning . . . in paradise.