The Red Earth MFA in Creative Writing program at Oklahoma City University will host authors James Bernard Frost and Peter Meinke for a free public lecture titled “Diverse Acts: The Importance of Multi-Genre Writing.” The event will take place at the Residence Inn at 400 E. Reno Ave. from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 3 in the Centennial Room. The panel will focus on the importance of writing in more than one genre.
Frost works in both fiction and non-fiction. He has written two novels — “World Leader Pretend” and “A Very Minor Prophet,” set for publication in the spring through Hawthorne Books.
Frost also wrote the award-winning travel guide for vegetarians, “The Artichoke Trail.” His fiction and non-fiction work has been published in the San Francisco Examiner, the SF Bay Guardian and Wired Online. He writes for the official magazine of World of Warcraft and works in marketing for the Dojo Agency. Frost received his MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco and currently lives in Portland, Ore., with author Kerry Cohen and their four children.
Meinke works in both poetry and fiction. He has published multiple award-winning books of poetry including “The Contracted World: New & More Selected Poems,” “Night Watch on the Chesapeake” and “Lines from Neuchatel.” In addition, he has written two books of short stories — “Unheard Music” and “The Piano Tuner,” for which he won the Flannery O’Connor award for short fiction. In 2007, Jefferson Press reprinted “The Shape of Poetry: A Practical Guide to Writing Poetry,” Meinke’s book about writing and reading poetry.
Since his retirement in 1993, he has written a column titled “The Poet’s Notebook” in St. Petersburg, Florida’s Creative Loafing newsweekly and worked as writer-in-residence at several institutions. In 2009, he was appointed the first poet laureate of St. Petersburg, where he lives.
The Red Earth Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program at OCU begins its winter residency Dec. 28. For more information, visit the website http://www.okcu.edu/english/redearthmfa/.