William MeinersJan 23, 2024
Sport Literate and Game
A Discussion with William Meiners
New Books Network 2024
William Meiners is a writer, editor, and teacher living in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He created Sport Literate as a graduate student at Columbia College Chicago in 1995. By day, he works as a reporter for the Gratiot County Herald, a family-owned weekly newspaper, and by night, he teaches academic writing courses at Mid Michigan College
For the 25th anniversary of Sport Literate, Bill and his colleague Brian McKenna chose essays for a special anthology edition entitled Game: A Sport Literate Anthology (Pint-Size Publications, 2023). It features essays from across a wide array of sports: heavy hitters like baseball, football, and basketball, but also essays addressing bicycling, fishing, hockey, tennis and even roller skating. Given that Sport Literate essays have earned notable nods over 30 times in two Best American anthologies, Best American Sports Writing as well as Best American Essays, there was plenty of excellent material to choose from. The episode covers four different essays from the sports of baseball, bicycling, fighting, and hockey.
Dan Hill, PhD, is the author of ten books and leads Sensory Logic, Inc.