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Joanne Diaz

Connection to Illinois: Diaz is Associate Professor and Chair of the English department at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

Biography: Joan Diaz grew up in Billerica, Massachusetts. She received her BA from Tufts University; her MFA from New York University, where she was a New York Times fellow; and her PhD in English literature from Northwestern University, where she wrote a dissertation that focused on English Renaissance complaint poetry.

Diaz's poetry has appeared in AGNI, The American Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner, among other publications. She is also a past recipient of writing fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • ''My Favorite Tyrants'',
  • -- The Brittingham Prize in Poetry
  • ''The Lessons'',
  • -- Gerald Cable Book Award

Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

My Favorite Tyrants
ISBN: 0299297845 OCLC: 874965494

University of Wisconsin Press, 2014.

The Lessons
ISBN: 1878851594 OCLC: 683247731

Silverfish Review Press : Eugene, OR : 2011.