Tyler Meier Named New Executive Director of UA Poetry Center


May 15, 2013 (Tucson, Ariz.) – College of Humanities Dean Mary Wildner-Bassett has just named Tyler Meier as the new Executive Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Meier brings years of experience as a poet, administrator and teacher to his new position at the Poetry Center, which he assumes on August 5.

Meier comes to the Poetry Center from The Kenyon Review in Ohio where he was the managing editor as well as the co-director of the Young Writers Summer Program. He received an MFA from the University of Washington, and his poetry and nonfiction have appeared in At Length, AGNI (online), Laurel Review, Bat City Review, jubilat, Washington Square, Thermos, Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere.

“Now that the Poetry Center has settled into its landmark building, we are ready to embark on the next era of the Center, to expand our vibrant programs and build new audiences for poetry here and across the country. I know Tyler will bring energy and enthusiasm to the position,” said College of Humanities Dean Mary Wildner-Bassett.

“I’m thrilled to join the Poetry Center staff as Executive Director,” said Meier. “From the volunteers and donors and docents to the writers who visit in the Reading Series, from the incredibly dedicated staff to the larger community served by the collections and programs and events, I’ve been truly astounded by all of the people who participate in the daily life of the Center. The place positively hums. This must be what Ruth Stephan had in mind over fifty years ago when she had the original, beautiful idea for a Poetry Center. It is an aspirational space that recognizes and celebrates a central role for poetry in our contemporary culture, and it amplifies our hopes for what the art form might do in the years to come.”

Meier will replace Gail Browne who has served as the Executive Director of the Poetry Center since 2002. Browne is pursuing other arts administration opportunities in the greater Phoenix area.

Read more about Tyler's appointment at these press outlets:

The Poetry Foundation

The Arizona Daily Star

The Daily Wildcat 


The Tucson Sentinel

Arizona Board of Regents