Diann Blakely (born 1957 in Anniston, Alabama) is an American poet, essayist, and reviewer. Graduating with a B.A. in art history from the University of the South in 1979, she subsequently received an M.A. in literature from Vanderbilt University in 1980 and an M.F.A. from Vermont College in 1989. She has taught at Belmont University, Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, led workshops at two Vermont College residencies, and served as senior instructor and the first 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, at which she had worked earlier as founding coordinator.
Her first volume of poetry, Hurricane Walk, was published under the name Diann Blakely Shoaf in 1992 and included among the St. Louis Post Dispatch's ten best verse collections of the year. Her second book, Farewell, My Lovelies, published in 2000 and influenced by "noir" shading, was listed as a Choice of the Academy of American Poets' Book Club. Her third volume, Cities of Flesh and the Dead, won Elixir Press's 7th annual publication prize after being distinguished by the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, given for a year's best manuscript-in-progress. Anthologized in several volumes, including Best American Poetry 2003 and Pushcart Prize Anthologies XIX and XX, Blakely is currently at work on a new manuscript entitled Rain in Our Door: Duets with Robert Johnson.
A former poetry editor at the Antioch Review, Blakely now occupies a similar position at New World Writing and also serves on Plath Profiles' board. She has recently contributed essays and reviews to that journal as well as to Harvard Review, Nashville Scene / Village Voice Media, Pleiades, and Smartish Pace. She lives south of Savannah, Georgia, with her husband, the author and music writer Stanley Booth.
- Cities of Flesh and the Dead (Elixir Press, 2008)
- Farewell, My Lovelies (Story Line Press, 2000)
- Hurricane Walk (BOA Editions, Ltd., 1992)
- "The Story of Their Lives" at Blip Magazine
- "92 Johnson Avenue, 1985" and "Two Poems" at Plath Profiles
- "Ten Poems" at storySouth
- "Afterwords (IM William Matthews)" at The Best American Poetry
- "Bad Blood" at Verse Daily
- "Dead Shrimp Blues" at The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Archive for Diann Blakely at Chapter 16
- Whatever Remembers Us: An Anthology of Alabama Poetry (Negative Capability Press, 2007)
- Best American Poets 2003 (Scribner, 2003)
- Orpheus and Company: Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology (UPNE, 1999)
- The Movies: Texts, Receptions, Exposures (University of Michigan Press, 1997)
- Pushcart Prize Anthologies XIX and XX (Pushcart Press, 1996 and 1997)
- Lights, Camera, Poetry!: American Movie Poems, The First Hundred Years (Mariner Books, 1996)
- Homewords (University of Tennessee Press, 1986)
Reviews and essays
The Best American Poetry
New World Writing
- Heptonstall Cemetery: A Memoir, A Tribute, A Defense, and A Eulogy
- Review of Heather Clark's The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
- Komunyakaa, Yusef (2003). The Best American Poetry 2003 : Series Editor David Lehman. New York: Scribner. pp. 193–4. ISBN 0-7432-0388-7.
- "Diann Blakely (b. 1957)". utc.edu. 2010 [last update]. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
- Lehman, David (2000). The perfect murder: a study in detection. Ann Arbor, Mich: University of Michigan Press. p. 222. ISBN 0-472-08585-9.
- Emma Bolden Cities of Flesh and the Dead, Poets' Quarterly, Issue 2 - Winter 2010)
- Pablo Tanguay 'Facing the Black-Winged Angel', Nashville Scene October 02, 2008
- New World Writing Retrieved August 25, 2013.
- Plath Profiles Retrieved August 25, 2013.
- "Diann Blakely." Avatar Review. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
- Author's website
- Archives: Diann Blakely (Nashville Scene)
- Ringing Endorsements: Missing Parsons
- "Diann Blakely of Brunswick, Georgia." Swamp Skirts. April 4, 2013.
- "The Approaching 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance (Part 1)." Welcome to Harlem. June 28, 2011.
- Phebe Davidson, "Keepers: A Review of Adcock, Meek, Kennedy and Blakely". Asheville Poetry Review. Issue 19; Vol. 16, No. 1 (2009).
- "Cities of Flesh and the Dead, by Diann Blakely". Elixir Press Catalog.
- Julie Kane, "Diann Blakely. Cities of Flesh and the Dead. Elixir Press". Prairie Schooner: University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Winter 2009.
- "From gay Confederates to men in space, Southern Festival of Books explores the world between covers". Nashville Scene. October 8, 2009.
- Al Maginnes, "The Brands of Immortality Offered: Al Maginnes on Diann Blakely's Cities of Flesh and the Dead". Gently Read Literature. March 1, 2009.
- "About Cities of Flesh and the Dead by Diann Blakely". Verse Daily, 2008.
- Jennifer Horne, "Cities of Flesh and the Dead". Alabama Writers' Forum, December 2008.
- "Diann Blakely - Cities of Flesh and the Dead". Lit Magic. September 2008.
- "Small Press Spotlight: Diann Blakely". National Book Critics Circle. August 29, 2008.
- Greil Marcus, "Real Life Rock Top 10". Salon. May 28, 2002.
- Dan Albergotti, "Fareweil, My Lovelies". First Draft: The Journal of the Alabama Writers' Forum. Vol. 7, No. 3 (Fall 2000), p. 13.
- Marc Stengel, "Listening After Music: Poet Sings the Blues". Nashville Scene. September 8, 1998.