Sam Meekings is assistant professor in residence in the Liberal Arts Program. An accomplished novelist and poet, he joins NU-Q from Qatar University where he is a lecturer in writing and rhetoric. He has edited several non-fiction books and has previously taught at the University of Chichester in the UK, and at New York University’s Shanghai campus, as well as at Chinese universities and colleges—Qingdao Baishan College and Hengshui University. 

Meekings was educated at Oxford University where he received a BA in English literature and modern history at Mansfield College and subsequently did two master’s degrees, one in creative writing at the University of Edinburgh and a master of arts at Oxford University. His PhD in creative writing is from Lancaster University. 

His critically acclaimed publications include two books of poetry, The Other Shore (London, Eyewear Press, 2016) and The Bestiary (Edinburgh: Polygon, 2008). His narrative books include The Book of Crows (Edinburgh: Polygon, 2011) and Under the Fishbone (New York: Macmillan, 2010). Meekings residency in China led to six edited books: A Dream of Red Mansions—as portrayed through the brush of Sun Wen (2010), Stories from Contemporary China (2009), Chinese Houses—A Pictorial Tour of China’s Traditional Dwellings (2008), Voices from the Sea—an anthology of poems by contemporary writers from Shanghai (2008), and Snapshots of a New China: The New Expatriates (2006), all published by Better Link Press.