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Bill Meissner, Director of Creative Writing at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, is author of seven books. His books of poetry are American Compass [Univ. of Notre Dame Press], Twin Sons Of Different Mirrors [Milkweed Editions], The Sleepwalker's Son [Ohio Univ. Press] and Learning To Breathe Underwater [Ohio Univ. Press]. He is also author of two books of short stories, Hitting Into The Wind [Random House Hardcover] which is available in paperback from Southern Methodist University Press, and The Road to Cosmos [University of Notre Dame Press, November 2006].  Most recently, Bill authored the full length novel Spirits in the Grass [University of Notre Dame Press, September 2008].

His writing has appeared in more than 200 journals, magazines and anthologies. Bill's numerous awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Loft-McKnight Award in Poetry, a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in Fiction, a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, and five PEN/NEA Syndicated Fiction Awards.

Bill's hobbies and interests include travel [in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands, and Quebec and Europe], rock & roll music, sports [especially baseball, football, Frisbee, and snorkeling]. He has collections of manual typewriters, vintage records, baseball memorabilia, and vintage pulp fiction magazines/novels. Each spring, he organizes an informal group of slow-pitch baseball players called The Catch and Release Baseball Club.

Bill lives with his wife Christine, who teaches 5th grade at Albany Elementary School.  Their son, Nate, is a graduate student in archeology.

Contact Bill Meissner at wjmeissner@stcloudstate.edu.

                                                                                                                                 "A storyteller with remarkable gifts."     - Kurt Vonnegut

This webpage was created by Daniel S. Shub February, 2005;
last revised March 2009 by Jon P. Shadden. Photo by Ashley Yantes.