Stephen E. Meats has been Professor of English at Pittsburg State University since 1979, where he has also served at various times as Chair of the English Department and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. From 1968-1972 he taught at the United States Air Force Academy, and from 1972-1979, at the University of Tampa, where he also served as Chair of the Humanities Division. His areas of specialty are 19th century and modern American literature, and scholarly and creative editing. His dissertation was an edition of the correspondence of the British expatriate sporting writer Henry William Herbert (aka “Frank Forester”). He has published articles on Herbert, 19th century American humor, William Gilmore Simms, and Faulkner, and has edited (with A. Keen Butterworth) Simms’s novel, Joscelyn (Univ of South Carolina Press, 1975); (with James B. Meriwether) The Revolutionary War Novels of William Gilmore Simms (8 vols., Reprint Company, 1976); (with Edwin T. Arnold) The Writings of Benjamin Franklin Perry (3 vols., Reprint Company, 1980); and most recently, Simms’s novel, The Partisan (Univ of Arkansas Press, 2011). He also publishes poetry and short fiction, and since 1985 has served as poetry editor of The Midwest Quarterly.