Diana Woodcock



Author's Bio

Diana Woodcock has two books forthcoming in 2021: Facing Aridity (a finalist for the 2020 Prism Prize for Climate Literature); and Holy Sparks (a finalist of the Paraclete Press Poetry Award).  Her first full-length poetry collection, Swaying on the Elephant’s Shoulders, won the 2010 Vernice Quebodeaux International Women’s Poetry Prize. Her second, Under the Spell of a Persian Nightingale, was published in 2015. Her third, Tread Softly, was released in 2018. Chapbooks include Near the Arctic Circle, Beggar in the Everglades, Desert Ecology: Lessons and Visions, Tamed by the Desert, In the Shade of the Sidra Tree, Mandala, and Travels of a Gwai Lo. Widely published in literary journals and anthologies (including Best New Poets 2008), her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award, as well as performed live onstage in Lincoln Park, San Francisco at Artists Embassy International’s 21st Dancing Poetry Festival. Prior to teaching in Qatar at VCUarts Qatar (since 2004), she worked for nearly eight years in Tibet, Macau and on the Thai/Cambodian border.

Publications & Prizes

Facing Aridity (Homebound Publications, 2021)
Tread Softly (FutureCycle Press, 2018)
Under the Spell of a Persian Nightingale (WordTech Communications, 2015)
Swaying on the Elephant's Shoulders (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2011)
Near the Arctic Circle (Tiger's Eye Press, 2018)
Beggar in the Everglades (Finishing Line Press, 2015)
Desert Ecology: Lessons and Visions (Finishing Line Press, 2014)
Tamed by the Desert (Finishing Line Press, 2013)
In the Shade of the Sidra Tree (Finishing Line Press, 2010)
Mandala (Foothills Publishing, 2009)
Travels of a Gwai Lo (Toadlily Press, 2009)
Prizes won: 

2017 First Place, Daniel Varoujan Award (New England Poetry Club) for a single poem, “Fire Raging, Questions Blazing" (award: $500; judge: Fanny Howe); 2017 First Place Award, Poetry Society of Virginia Annual Awards, Category 12, for “For the Birds near the Arctic Circle"  (award: $50; judge: Lisa Russ Spaar); 2014 Grand Prize, Artists Embassy International’s 21st Dancing Poetry Contest, for “Music as Scripture;"  2010 Vernice Quebodeaux International Poetry Prize for Women, for Swaying on the Elephant’s Shoulders; 2009 International Publication Award, Atlanta Review; 2007 Creekwalker Poetry Prize.

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Richmond, VA
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Last update: Sep 21, 2021