I joined the P. S. U. English Department in July 1979 and am currently on phased retirement until May, 2014.


Ph.D., American Literature, University of South Carolina, 1972.
M.A., English, University of South Carolina, 1968.
B.A., English, University of South Carolina, 1966.


My academic, creative, and research specialties are in 19th century and Modern American poetry and fiction, scholarly editing, and poetry editing, and I teach courses in Introduction to Writing About Literature, William Faulkner, Walt Whitman, American Modernism, American Poetry, and Introduction to Creative Writing.

Publications and Honors

Ed. (with Keen Butterworth), Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution, by William Gilmore Simms (U of South Carolina Press, 1975).  Introduction and Explanatory Notes by Stephen Meats.

Ed. (with James B. Meriwether), Revolutionary War Novels of William Gilmore Simms, 8 vols. (Reprint Company, 1979).

Ed. (with Edwin T. Arnold), Writings of Benjamin F. Perry, 3 vols. (Reprint Company, 1980).

Ed. Central States, by Michael Heffernan (Midwest Quarterly poetry chapbook, 1985).

Looking for the Pale Eagle (Woodley Press, 1993)(poetry).

Ed., The Partisan: A Romance of the Revolution, by William Gilmore Simms (U of Arkansas Press, 2011).  Text established and Introduction and Textual Notes by Stephen Meats.

Dark Dove Descending and Other Parables (Mammoth Publications, 2013)(short stories and poems).

On William Faulkner, in The Mississippi Quarterly, William Faulkner’s Light in August: A Critical Casebook (1983), and The Literary Encyclopedia.

On William Gilmore Simms, in 18th Century Florida and the Revolutionary South (1978) and The Literary Encyclopedia.

On Henry William Herbert, in Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, The Dictionary of Literary Biography, and The Literary Encyclopedia.

On Walt Whitman, in The Literary Encyclopedia.

On Mary Boykin Chesnut, in The Literary Encyclopedia.

On Southern humor, in Gyascutas: Studies in Antebellum Southern Humorous and Sporting Writing (1978), Studies in American Humor, and The Mississippi Quarterly.

On Scholarly Editing, in Review (1980).

Poems, in UT Review, Florida Arts Gazette, Midwest Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly, Little Balkans Review, Albatross, The Quarterly, Z Miscellaneous, Laurel Review, Widener Review, Blue Unicorn, Coverdale Review, Flint Hills Review, Laughing Dog, Angel Face, Dos Passos Review, online in Prairie Poetry, kansaspoets.com, “Kansas Arts Commission Ad Astra Poetry Project,” “150 Kansas Poems,” and in the anthologies A White Voice Rides a Horse (1979), An Anthology of American Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry (1985, 1986), Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems (2011), and To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga (2012).

Short stories, in Arete: A Journal of Sports Literature, The Quarterly, Hurakan, Left Bank Review, Tampa Review, Voodoo Souls Quarterly, and in the anthology Kansas Stories (1989).

Poetry editor, The Midwest Quarterly, 1985-present, including special issues on Poems for Native America; Farm Poems, Star & Comet Poems; Great Plains Poets; the long poems of Greg Kuzma; Letters to a Young Poet; U. S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser; Kansas Poets Laureate Jonathan Holden, Denise Low and Kansas Poetry (with Greg German); The Midwest Quarterly 50th Anniversary Poetry issue; and Nebraska Poets (with Mark Sanders). 

Honors (Selected)
NDEA Research Fellowship, University of South Carolina, 1967-1968.
Outstanding Faculty Member, University of Tampa, 1974.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Grant, 1975.
South Carolina Committee for the Humanities Summer Program Grants, 1976, 1977.
University Professor, P. S. U., 2002-2009.
English Department Eichhorn Research Fellowship, P. S. U., Spring 2007.
Sigma Tau Delta Outstanding English Department Faculty Member, P. S. U., 2009.

Service (Selected)
Humanities Division Chair, University of Tampa, 1974-1979.
English Department Chair, P. S. U., 1979-1985, 1990-2009.
Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, P. S. U., 2009-2011.
Secretary-Treasurer and Board Member, H. G. Roberts Foundation, 1981-present.
Editorial Board Member, The Literary Encyclopedia, 2006-present.