Some news, publications, and presentations:
Naomi Shihab Nye has chosen my book manuscript as the winner of the Brittingham Prize for Poetry. My Favorite Tyrants will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press in early 2014.
My short essay on Ben Jonson's "On My First Son" was the featured Poet's Pick on the Poetry Daily website in April.
"Little Terror" appears in issue 19 of Memorius.
"What My Father Eats" was recently published by Cerise Press.
My essay on Martha Collins' poem "" appears on the Voltage Poetry website.
"Pyrrhic" was recently published in The American Poetry Review and was the featured poem on the Poetry Daily website.
The Lessons is the winner of the Gerald Cable Book Award and is published by Silverfish Review Press. You can order The Lessons via the Small Press Distribution website (recommended) and Amazon. You can also order
a copy through your local bookstore.
is driven by the poet’s passion for natural
history, for the
marvels and horrors of science,
for the people closest to her, and, in
by music. The risks Diaz takes in this beautiful
are the profound risks of art and of love."
"Excitedly descriptive, sinuously rhythmical,
and vividly perceptive,
Joanne Diaz's poems
'wring the roots of thought' and fill the mind's
with scenes of the paradoxically sensuous richness
longing--homesickness, sorrow, love. In this
book, "desire" is not
just an erotic longing but an
existential one; that is, it is our
capacity and hunger
this first collection of poems by Joanne Diaz, the world of made things
(violins, domesticated dogs, children, syringes) ache and echo back to
the wild and troubled sources from whence they came. And between the
source and the made thing lies a pattern (and a fine musical friction
among the words) that Diaz has arranged with a deft hand. These poems
are fraught with mortality. Her knowledge that
'everyone must die a little' is subtly both terrible and beautiful."