Sam Meekings is an internationally-renowned poet and novelist, and a scholar of creative practices and processes with a special focus on digital and intersectional creative writing. 

Meekings is the author of Under Fishbone Clouds (called “a poetic evocation of the country and its people” by the New York Times) and The Book of Crows. His latest novel, The Afterlives of Dr Gachet was given an Authors Award by the UK Society of Authors. His volume of poetry, The Bestiary, was short-listed for an Eric Gregory Award, and on its strength, he was included in the major anthology of new British poets from Bloodaxe (Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets). He has read and performed his work at literary festivals around the world, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Jaipur Literary Festival, the Ullapool Book Festival, and the South Downs Poetry Festival. He was chosen to be the poet in residence in Bunhill Fields (the burial place of the great mystic poet William Blake) as part of the Poetry School’s contribution to the Mixed Borders London Festival. His creative writing has been featured on the BBC, in The Independent, on Arena on Radio 1, and in National Geographic

Meekings is also a scholar in the practices and processes of creative writing. With Dr. Marshall Moore, he is the co-editor of two edited volumes: The Place and the Writer: International Intersections of Teacher Lore and Creative Writing Pedagogy (Bloomsbury, 2022) and Practice, Praxis, Print: Creative Writing Scholars on the Publishing Trade (Routledge, 2022). He has published peer-reviewed academic articles in the top journals in his field as well as contributing several chapters to academic books. He serves on the editorial board for Bloomsbury’s ‘Research in Creative Writing’ series and recently received a Provost Grant for his current project exploring barriers to creative writing among students in the region. He has a PhD in creative writing from Lancaster University. 


  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Memoir
  • Reading and Writing Short Fiction
  • Poetry
  • First Year Writing 1 & 2



Meekings, S and Moore, M. (Eds). (2021). Creative Writing Scholars on the Publishing Trade: Practice, Praxis, Print. London: Routledge. 

Moore, M. and Meekings, S. (Eds). (2021). The Place and the Writer: International Intersections of Teacher Lore and Creative Writing Pedagogy. London: Bloomsbury. 

Meekings, S. (2018). The Afterlives of Dr Gachet. London: Eyewear Press.

Meekings, S. (2016). The Other Shore. London: Eyewear Press.

Meekings, S. (2011). The Book of Crows. Edinburgh: Polygon. 

Meekings, S. (2010). Under Fishbone Clouds. New York: Macmillan.

Meekings, S. (2008). The Bestiary. Edinburgh: Polygon.



Meekings, S. (2022). A Fist of Muscle. Chicago Quarterly Review. Vol 5, March.

Meekings, S. (2021). Utilizing Digital Literacy in the Creative Writing Classroom. Journal of Creative Writing Studies. 6.1.2021. ISSN: 2474-2937. https://scholarworks.rit.edu/jcws/vol6/iss1/11 

Meekings, S. (2021).“Against Entropy. In The Incompleteness Book II: Writing Back and Thinking Forward, ed. Jen Webb, Julia Prendergast, and Eileen Herbert-Goodall. Canberra: Recent Work Press.

Meekings, S. (2020). Remote Learning and Maintaining Collaborative Student Writing. Writing in Education. 81.3. pp.18-21. 

Meekings, S. (2020). Telephone Lines. Together…Apart. HBKU Press.

Meekings, S. (2020). We Live Every Moment Many Times. Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal, Spring (1). Western New Mexico University. 

Meekings, S. (2019). Writing through Loss: The Rise of Grief Narratives through the Lens of Linville’s Self-complexity Theory. Life Writing. 16, 2.

Meekings, S. (2019). Writing Ghostly Spaces: Place as Palimpsest. Writing as Spaces: Writing as Transformative, Scholarly and Creative Practice. Ed. Ekaterina Midgette. Leiden: BRILL.

Meekings, S. (2019). Writing Backwards: Adventures with Time and Structure in Life Writing. How Stories Teach Us: Composition, Life Writing, and Blended Scholarship. Ed. Amy E. Robillard. Oxford: Peter Lang. pp.77-90. 

Meekings, S. (2019). The Goblin Woods. Bacopa Literary Review. 11: 2019 (September), pp. 43-49.

Meekings, S. (2019). The Way Through the Labyrinth. Kestrel Journal of Literature and Art. 40.1. Winter

Meekings, S. (2018). Eel Cartography and Eel Country. The Creel: An Anthology. Falmouth: Guillemot Press.

Meekings, S. (2018). The Standard Advice. TEXT A Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. 22.1.

Meekings, S. (2018). How My Brother Joined the Red-Headed League. New Texas Journal. 2.1.

Meekings, S. (2018). Instagram Narratives. Digital English: An Open Access Online Handbook for Tertiary English Educators. Ed. Dr. Naomi Milthorpe. University of Tasmania. www.digitalenglish.com.au

Meekings, S. (2017). Circling a Subject: Chasing Happiness in Creative Practice. New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. 14.3.1.

Meekings, S. (2017). Writing the Real: The Use of Primary and Secondary Sources in Creative Writing Research. Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research. Issue 3.

Awards and Grants

Provost Faculty Grants for Research in Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts: Barriers to Beginning: Local, Cultural, and Colonial Impediments to Creative Writing in Qatar (2021).

UREP grant (24-214-3-058): Keep Them Safe: A Child Car Seats Persuasive Campaign (2019).

Authors’ Foundation award for creative writing research, the Society of Authors (2016).

Eric Gregory Trust Fund Award, shortlisted author, the Society of Authors (2007)