Erika Meitner

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Erika Meitner, an associate professor of English, for her work that investigates the connections between emotion, language, and story, as well as different ways of constructing narratives in verse.

Scholar of the Week Erika MeitnerMeitner’s research interests include Jewish and Muslim women’s literature, the Jewish-American novel, material religion, and new ritual. Frequent topic areas in her work are women’s bodies and female sexuality, the perils and pleasures of adolescence, urban peripheries, and interstitial spaces.

A special focus of her recent work is documentary poems that explore the intersections of trauma, image, reportage, pop-culture, consumption, violence, and memory.

Meitner also serves as director of the MFA program in creative writing at Virginia Tech.

Her work has been published in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The New Republic, and Tin House. She has published four books of poetry. She is on the editorial board of the minnesota review and is an affiliate of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast.

Meitner received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and both her master’s in religious studies and her MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia.




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