Stephen Meats


Stephen Meats was born in LeRoy, Kansas, and raised in Concordia.  He attended Kansas State University before transferring to the University of South Carolina in 1965 where he earned his bachelor’s (1966), master’s (1968), and doctoral degree in English (1972).  He taught at the Air Force Academy and the University of Tampa before coming to Pittsburg State University in 1979.  At the University of Tampa he served as Chair of the Humanities Division (1974-1979), and at Pittsburg State as Chair of the English Department (1979-1985, 1990-2009) and as Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (1983, 2009-2011).  He retired in 2014. 

He served as poetry editor of The Midwest Quarterly for thirty-one years, beginning in 1985.  After his retirement in 2016 the editorial board established the Stephen Meats Poetry Prize to be awarded to the best poem published in the journal each year.  

He lives in Florida with his wife, Ann.


Bibliography ( - housed in Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection)


  • Looking for the Pale Eagle (Woodley Press, 1993)
  • Treehouse (chapbook; privately printed, 2016) 

Mixed Genre: poems and stories

  •  Dark Dove Descending and Other Parables (Mammoth Press, 2013).   

His poems and stories have appeared in numerous journals, including:

  • Kansas Quarterly
  • The Quarterly
  • Tampa Review
  • Arete: The Journal of Sport Literature
  • Hurãkan
  • Flint Hills Review
  • Prairie Poetry
  • Dos Passos Review
  • Angel Face
  •  Midwest Quarterly
  • Florida Arts Gazette
  • Little Balkans Review 
  • Albatross
  • Laurel Review 
  • Widener Review
  • Blue Unicorn
  • The Laughing Dog 

and also in the anthologies:

  • To the Stars Through Difficulties (2012) 
  • Begin Again (2011)
  • A White Voice Rides a Horse (1979)
  • Kansas Stories (1989)
  • An Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry (1985, 1986)


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Interview with Stephen Meats, Pittsburg, Kansas, March 24, 1998 Interview
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"My Advice" Excerpt
All This Moving Apart Excerpt
Looking for the Pale Eagle Author Book
Treehouse Author Book