Adam Meisner

Adam Meisner lives in Ottawa where he writes fiction, poetry, and plays.

His writing has appeared in literary journals across North America, including Copper Nickel, The Puritan, and Ninth Letter. Adam’s play For Both Resting and Breeding premiered at Talk is Free Theatre in Barrie, Ontario in 2018, and the company toured the play to the Adelaide Festival in Australia in early 2020.

Adam received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in the spring of 2020.

Explore Adam’s writing, related press, and contact information below.



“How to Pass through the Denkmal für die ermordeten Juen Europas” and “1927-2017 (For John Ashbery).” Copper Nickel. No. 30. Spring 2020.

Fourteen Translations for a Line from Barthes’ Incidents.” Ninth Letter. Vol. 16, No. 2. (Fall/Winter 2019-20).  

“Stage Directions for the Opening Scene of the Homosexual Tradition in American Poetry.” The Puritan. Issue 45: Spring 2019. Online.

“Conyngham Road.” Poetry is Dead, Issue 19 (April 2019).  

“Leaving New York.” Plenitude Magazine (October 29 2015). Online.

“Moncton, with a refrain from an underlined passage in my used copy of The Swimming-Pool Library” and “Je, or Some Translations of Myself.” Iron Horse Literary Review. Texas Tech University, Volume 15.2 NaPoMo 2013. (April 2013).

“From the Locked Diary of E.M. Forster.” Carleton Now. Carleton University. Online.



For Both Resting and Breeding. Directed by Brandon Crone. Talk is Free Theatre. Adelaide, Australia. February 2020.| Barrie, Ontario. April 2018.

Blue Fluted Plain. Directed by John Koensgen. New Theatre of Ottawa, Arts Court 2014.


Literary readings

Adam read a short story at the “Short Reading Series” in June 2019.

Listen to a recording of Adam reading two of his poems at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop in June 2012.



Review of Liminal by Jordan Tannahill. Humber Literary Review. Spring and Summer 2019.  Online.

Review of Lemons by Kasia Jaronczyk. Humber Literary Review.  Fall 2017. Online.


Selected press

Lynn Slotkin: “In his play, For Both Resting and Breeding, Adam Meisner has written an intriguing, imaginative look into the future.” (Read the entire review…)

Alvina Ruprecht, Capital Critics’ Circle: “Blue Fluted Plain shows that Adam Meisner has a gift for writing short, complete plays.” (Read the entire review…)

Iris Winston, Captial Critics’ Circle: “Of particular note is Blue Fluted Plain by Adam Meisner, a wrenching tale of family tragedy that tackles the question of the impact on those involved by family connection.” (Read the entire review..)

Jamie Portman: “Adam Meisner’s tender Blue Fluted Plain travels a genuine arc during its brief time span to tell us a great deal about human despair and human resilience.” (Read the entire review…)

Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen: “The best piece by far is Blue Fluted Plain by Ottawa’s Adam Meisner (…) Economical and honest, it speaks to how we struggle to survive the worst that can happen to us.” (Read the entire review…)

Read about the JumpStart Video Screening featuring Adam’s video piece, Our Weddingonline.



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