Diann Blakely

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Diann Blakely (born 1957 in Anniston, Alabama) is an American poet, essayist, and reviewer.[1][2] Graduating with a B.A. in art history from the University of the South in 1979,[2] she subsequently received an M.A. in literature from Vanderbilt University in 1980 and an M.F.A. from Vermont College in 1989.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]

Her first volume of poetry, Hurricane Walk, was published under the name Diann Blakely Shoaf in 1992[2] and included among the St. Louis Post Dispatch's ten best verse collections of the year.[1] 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.[3] 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.[4][5] Anthologized in several volumes, including Best American Poetry 2003 and Pushcart Prize Anthologies XIX and XX,[2] Blakely is currently at work on a new manuscript entitled Rain in Our Door: Duets with Robert Johnson.[1][2]

A former poetry editor at the Antioch Review, Blakely now occupies a similar position at New World Writing[6] and also serves on Plath Profiles' board.[7] 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.[2][8]


Selected Publications[edit]

  • Cities of Flesh and the Dead (Elixir Press, 2008)
  • Farewell, My Lovelies (Story Line Press, 2000)
  • Hurricane Walk (BOA Editions, Ltd., 1992)



  • 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[edit]

The Best American Poetry[edit]

New World Writing[edit]

Nashville Scene[edit]

Plath Profiles[edit]


Smartish Pace[edit]



  1. ^ a b c Komunyakaa, Yusef (2003). The Best American Poetry 2003 : Series Editor David Lehman. New York: Scribner. pp. 193–4. ISBN 0-7432-0388-7. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Diann Blakely (b. 1957)". utc.edu. 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lehman, David (2000). The perfect murder: a study in detection. Ann Arbor, Mich: University of Michigan Press. p. 222. ISBN 0-472-08585-9. 
  4. ^ Emma Bolden Cities of Flesh and the Dead, Poets' Quarterly, Issue 2 - Winter 2010)
  5. ^ Pablo Tanguay 'Facing the Black-Winged Angel', Nashville Scene October 02, 2008
  6. ^ New World Writing Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Plath Profiles Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  8. ^ "Diann Blakely." Avatar Review. Retrieved August 25, 2013.

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