Erika Meitner

Erika Meitner was born and raised in Queens and Long Island, New York. She received her AB in creative writing from Dartmouth College, an MA in religious studies, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia.

Meitner is the author of six poetry collections: Useful Junk (BOA Editions, 2022); Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions, 2018); Copia (BOA Editions, 2014); Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011); Ideal Cities (Harper Perennial, 2010), winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series; and Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore (Anhinga Press, 2003), winner of the 2002 Anhinga-Robert Dana Prize for Poetry.

She is the recipient of fellowships from the Mandel Institute, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the US-UK Fulbright Commission, among others.

Meitner is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and lives in Madison.