Lucien Darjeun Meadows is an English, German, and Cherokee writer born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of what is now Virginia and West Virginia. An AWP Intro Journals Project winner, he has received nominations for Best New Poets and the Pushcart Prize. Lucien has received fellowships and awards from the Academy of American Poets, American Alliance of Museums, Bread Loaf Conferences, Colorado Creative Industries, Goucher College, Kratz Center for Creative Writing, National Association for Interpretation, Southern Illinois University, and University of Denver, where he is working toward his PhD.

His work has been widely published, including recent features in the American Journal of Nursing, Appalachian Heritage, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ecotone, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, Narrative, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, Shenandoah, and West Branch. He has contributed to several anthologies, including A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia (University of Georgia Press) and LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press), a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

Lucien currently teaches at the University of Denver, serves as the Prose Editor for Denver Quarterly and Poetry Editor for The Hopper, and lives, writes, and runs in Northern Colorado.