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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joanne Diaz  

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Genre: C:ADULT Poetry




Illinois Connection

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

Biographical and Professional Information

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.

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Titles At Your Library


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