Avery Meinen

  • Columbia University
  • Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature( in progress)
  • Arizona State University
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A., English

    Avery Meinen is a poet and writer born and raised in Ohio and Pennsylvania. They hold a BA in English from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University, where they served as a June Jordan Teaching Fellow with Poetry for the People. They have taught literature, composition, and creative writing courses at the middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate level. Their teaching draws from a number of critical pedagogies, and they especially look forward to discussions with students about literature, and the moving and complex ways that students think about language. Previously they’ve worked as an editor, tutor, and teaching artist, and coached high school spoken word poets in the Philly Youth Slam League. Their writing has received support from Tin House, the Poetry Foundation/Crescendo Literary, and the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State, among others. They are currently a doctoral student in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.