Diane Lockward is the author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (Wind Publications, 2013) and four full-length collections of poetry, most recently, The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement (Wind Publications, 2016). Her earlier books are , What Feeds Us, which received the 2006 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, and Eve’s Red Dress. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Against Perfection and Greatest Hits: 1997 - 2010.
Her poems have been published in several anthologies, including Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World’s Most Popular Poetry Website, Garrison Keillor's Good Poems for Hard Times, and The Poet's Cookbook. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Beloit Poetry Journal, Spoon River Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Poet Lore, and Prairie Schooner.|
The recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Diane has also received awards from North American Review, Louisiana Literature, the Newburyport Art Association, and the St. Louis Poetry Center. She won First Place in the 2012 Naugatuck River Review poetry contest. Her work has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and read by Garrison Keillor on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac.
Diane has been a featured poet at a number of festivals, such as the Warren County Poetry Festival, Inkberry Festival, Long Branch Poetry Festival, Walt Whitman Poetry Festival, 2006 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, 2007 Burlington Book Festival, the 2010 Caffe Lena Poetry Festival, the 2014 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and the 2015 Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival. She was also a featured poet at the 2005 Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching; a workshop presenter at the 2003 and 2006 New Jersey State Council of Teachers of English Conferences; a keynote speaker at the 2007 Language Arts Leadership Association Conference; a panelist at the 2009 New Jersey College English Association Conference, a workshop presenter at the 2015 Bay to Ocean Conference, a workshop presenter at the 2015 Amherst Poetry Festival, the 2016 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and the 2016 New Hampshire Poetry Festival.
Diane served as a judge for the 2014 Poetry Virginia Contest (adult division) and for the 2014 Dogfish Head Book Contest. She also served in 2013 as the judge for the first annual Lena Shull Book Contest, sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society. She has been a reader for The Word Works Washington Prize, a judge for the National Council of Teachers of English poetry contest for high school students, a judge for the Valparaiso University students contest, and a judge for the 2010 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets' chapbook contest. She served as Guest Editor of the inaugural issue of
Adanna, Guest Editor of the Summer 2012 issue of Ithaca Lit, and Co-Editor of the 2014 Women and Food issue of Adanna.
Diane is the Founder and Director of the Poetry Festival: A Celebration of Literary Journals which she ran for twelve years and which was renamed the West Caldwell Poetry Festival. For the past ten years she has also organized Girl Talk: A Reading in Celebration of Women's History Month. She received a 2013 Woman of Achievement award from the West Essex Woman's Club of New Jersey.
On May 17, 2009, Diane was appointed Poet Laureate of West Caldwell, NJ. In 2015 she founded Terrapin Books, a small press for poetry books, and serves as its editor and publisher.
Diane Lockward is available for readings, workshops, school visits, and festivals.
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