Diann Blakely is the author of three books of poetry as well as an editor, essayist, and reviewer. She has taught at Belmont University, Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, Watkins Arts Institute, and also served as 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. Blakely has been anthologized in numerous volumes, including Best American Poetry 2003 and Pushcart Prize Anthologies XIX and XX.
A few other distinctions include having her first collection, Hurricane Walk, listed among the year’s ten best by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; her second book, Farewell, My Lovelies, was named a Choice of the Academy of American Poets’ Book Society; and her third volume, Cities of Flesh and the Dead, won the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America while still a manuscript-in-progress, as well as the 7th Annual Publication Prize from Elixir Press.
A poetry editor of Antioch Review for a dozen years, and now occupying the same position at New World Writing, Blakely continues compiling reviews, essays, and memoirs for Each Fugitive Moment: On the Life and Work of Lynda Hull with Kendra Hamilton. Two other prose books are also underway: Notes on the State of [Southern] Poetry and Other Essays, and, in yearly installments for Plath Profiles, a “poet’s memoir” chronicling four decades of engagement with Plath’s work. While completing her fourth manuscript of poems—Rain in Our Door: Duets with Robert Johnson—and simultaneously working on another, Lost Addresses, Blakely is also a recent contributor of essays and arts reviews to the Best American Poetry blogsite, Harvard Review, Plath Profiles, Pleiades, and Smartish Pace. She lives south of Savannah.