Dr. Anne Meek
Anne Meek’s poetry collection, Tree Full of Stars was published in March 2021.
A prolific poet, Anne has seen her work published in the Tennessee Poetry Journal, The Small Farm, Skipping Stones, The Poets Domain, In Good Company, Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume Six, Tennessee, and Joys of the Table. Two of her short stories have been published in In Good Company. She is currently working on two longer fiction and non-fiction projects.
Anne has been a treasured member of the board of Hampton Roads Writers (HRW) since 2009. She has used her many talents as poet, teacher, administrator, and patron of the arts to further the organization’s mission “to promote the craft and passion of writing and literature in Virginia.”
Her contributions have been and are abundant and exceptional. For example, Anne helped develop and was often an emcee for HRW’s initial Open Mic program held at multiple Hampton Roads libraries. She taught workshops in poetry and memoir writing for the Traveling Pen series. To celebrate Black History Month, Anne organized an interactive writing experience for community children K-12 at the Virginia Beach Barnes and Noble Book Store. The students enjoyed artwork by Maria Winfield, then were encouraged by HRW members to respond to it in writing. She later initiated a poetry reading at the bookstore, featuring African American poets, including Nathan Richardson and Shonda Buchanan. Anne played a major role in the Youth Poetry Explosion at the Chrysler Museum, during which students were guided through parts of the Museum, then sat with volunteer tutors who encouraged them to write poems about their reactions. This event blossomed into two other events.
Anne’s continued contributions have helped propel HRW to become a widely recognized literary organization with one of the foremost writers conferences in Southeastern Virginia.
The board members of Hampton Roads Writers are extremely grateful for Anne Meek’s devotion to sharing the written word with readers and writers of all ages, genders, and ethnic groups.