Bill Meissner

St. Cloud writer and teacher Bill Meissner is the author of ten books. His five collections of poetry include American Compass (U. of Notre Dame Press), Learning to Breathe Underwater and The Sleepwalker’s Son (Ohio U. Press) and Twin Sons of Different Mirrors (Milkweed Editions). His latest book of poetry, The Mapmaker’s Dream (Finishing Line Press, 2019) is available from the press at 

Bill’s novel, Spirits in the Grass (U. of Notre Dame Press), won the Midwest Book Award. His two books of short stories are Hitting into the Wind (Random House Publishers/SMU Press Paperback/Dzanc Press ebook) and The Road to Cosmos ( University of Notre Dame Press paperback and ebook).    

His two forthcoming books, both with a baseball theme, are Circling Toward Home (Finishing Line Press) and Light at the Edge of the Field (Stephen F. Austin University Press).

Bill’s hobbies and interests include travel, rock music, baseball, photography, pulp fiction magazines, and collecting (too many) vintage typewriters. He frequently presents workshops at local elementary schools, high schools and colleges as a visiting writer. 

You can picture him clacking out your poem on his favorite 1948 Royal Quiet De Luxe manual typewriter.

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