Joanne Diaz is the author of My Favorite Tyrants (winner of the Brittingham Prize, University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), The Lessons (winner of the Gerald Cable First Book Award, Silverfish Review Press, 2011), and, with Ian Morris, she is the co-editor of The Little Magazine in America (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, The American Poetry Review, At Length, The Missouri Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, and Third Coast. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Joanne is the interview editor for the Spoon River Poetry Review, where she has conducted interviews with Linda Gregerson, Roger Reeves, Rachel Webster, and Jacob Saenz. As a contributor to the Bedford/St. Martins LitBits Blog, she shares her insights on literature, writing, and pedagogy. She is an associate professor in the English department at Illinois Wesleyan University. If you'd like Joanne to visit your class, please contact her at jdiaz[at]iwu.edu.