About Diane Raptosh

diane raptoshA graduate of the University of Michigan MFA Program, Diane Raptosh serves as the Idaho Writer-in- Residence (2013-2016) and the Boise Poet Laureate (2013). Her most recent book of poems, American Amnesiac  (Etruscan Press), was Longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, 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.

The author of three earlier books of poems: Just West of Now (Guernica 1992), Labor Songs (Guernica 1999), and Parents from a Different Alphabet (Guernica 2008), she has published in the Los Angeles Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Terrain.org, and OccuPoetry, among numerous other journals and anthologies. An active ambassador for poetry, she conducts writing workshops, gives readings, and lectures on poetry in a variety of locations ranging from university auditoriums to maximum security prisons, school buses to riverbanks.
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