Diane Raptosh


English Department, College of Idaho 2112 Cleveland Blvd.
Caldwell, ID 83605

Author's Bio

Diane Raptosh's fourth book of poems,_American Amnesiac_, was long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she was selected to be the Boise Poet Laureate (2013) and currently serves as the Idaho Writer in Residence. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Women’s Studies Quarterly, Terrain.org, OccuPoetry, and the Los Angeles Review. Her work has also been anthologized widely in such places as New Poets of the American West, Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, Classifieds: An Anthology of Prose Poems, and The Glenn Gould Anthology.

She holds the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English at The College of Idaho, where she teaches literature and creative writing as well as directs the program in criminal justice/prison studies. A highly active ambassador for poetry, she has conducted writing workshops, given readings, and lectured on poetry in a variety of locations ranging from university auditoriums to maximum security prisons, school buses to riverbanks. She lives with her family in Boise.

Publications & Prizes

American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press, 2013)
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2013 American Amnesiac is long listed for the National Book Award.
2013–2016 Named Idaho Writer-in-Residence
2013 Named Boise Poet Laureate
2007 Fellowship in Literature, Idaho Commission on the Arts
2001 Fellowship in Literature, Idaho Commission on the Arts
1991 Fellowship in Literature, Idaho Commission on the Arts

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Italian American
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Boise, ID
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Last update: Mar 24, 2014