Peter Meinke

A Poetry Reading with Peter Meinke

“I loved a woman whose beauty Like the moon moved all the humming heavens to music till the stars with their tiny teeth burst into song and I fell on the ground before her while the sky hardened and she laughed and turned me down softly, I was so young.”

—Peter Meinke


About Florida's Poet Laureate, Peter Meinke

Peter Meinke has read his poetry all over the world, and in this program, which can be flexibly arranged, he’ll read generously from his books, talk about these specific poems and writing in general; and answer questions from the audience.

Eminent critics have said “Peter Meinke writes, it is clear, under a banner of wisdom,” and his “wit is sly, as dry as a good martini.

Peter Meinke is Florida’s new Poet Laureate. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Nation and scores of other journals; he’s received many major awards, including a Fulbright, two NEA Fellowships, and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. He retired from Eckerd College in 1993, where he received its Distinguished Teacher Award in 1990. Peter has read his poems in over a dozen countries, and has been appointed Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at many colleges and universities, including Davidson, Emory, UNC-Greensboro, George Washington U., the U. of Hawaii, and others. The most recent of his 20+ books is Lucky Bones (2014), his eighth collection in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series. Last April he received St. Petersburg’s First Sunlit Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

Apply now to bring Peter Meinke to your school or community

How it works:

  1. Contact Peter Meinke at or 1-727-896-1862 to discuss program details (date, time, travel arrangements, etc.).
  2. Submit a program funding application.
  3. After FHC approval, hold your event.
  4. After your event, submit the required final report to receive your funding.

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Final reporting:

Organizations may request reimbursement up to $500 for approved project expenses. Approved project expenses include: presenter honoraria, travel, lodging, per diem, venue rental, promotion, and other expenses directly related to the program. Every dollar requested from FHC requires at least a one-to-one match. This match can be in cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Online Final Reporting Form

Enjoy this clip of Peter Meinke reciting his poem entitled, Old Houses.