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About Diann Blakely
Diann Blakely is the author of three books of poetry as well as an editor, essayist, and reviewer. She has taught at Belmont University, Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, Watkins Arts Institute, and served as senior instructor and poet-in-residence at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee. A Robert Frost Fellow at Bread Loaf, she was a Dakin Williams Fellow at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Blakely has been anthologized in numerous volumes, including Best American Poetry 2003 and Pushcart Prize Anthologies XIX and XX. A few of her other distinctions include having her first collection, Hurricane Walk (BOA Editions, 1992) listed among the year's ten best by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; her second book, Farewell, My Lovelies (Story Line, 2000) named a Choice of the Academy of American Poets' Book Society; and her third collection, Cities of Flesh and the Dead won the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America while still a manuscript-in-progress, then the 7th Annual Publication Prize from Elixir Press, which issued the collection in 2008. A poetry editor of Antioch Review for a dozen years, Blakely continues work on Each Fugitive Moment: Creative and Critical Responses to the Life and Work of Lynda Hull, and in February, 2012, she will begin co-editing an anthology, Belles Gone Bad: From Bourbon Street and Beyond, Before, During, and After Katrina. Currently completing her fourth manuscript of poems, Rain in Our Door: Duets with Robert Johnson, Blakely remains a contributor of poetry and other arts reviews for Antioch, BookPage, Chapter 16: Tennessee Humanities Council Online, Harvard Review, Nashville Scene / Village Voice Media, as well as pursuing a year-and-a-half-long collaborative project--with at least three dozen other poets, essayists, photographers, film-makers, and fiction writers--on Southern poetry and its necessarily entangled themes of music and race. She lives south of Savannah with her husband, the author and music writer Stanley Booth.