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Diann Blakely is the author of Hurricane Walk (BOA Editions, 1992), named one of the year’s ten best poetry collections by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Farewell, My Lovelies (Story Line, 2000), featured by the Academy of American Poets Book Club; and Cities of Flesh and the Dead, winner of the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award (1999) for a manuscript-in-progress and the 7th annual Elixir Book publication prize (2008). A two-time Pushcart winner and Best American Poetry 2003 includee, as well as anthologized in collections from Lights! Cameras! Poems! (ed. Jason Shinder, Anchor) and The Movies (eds. Goldstein and Konigsberg, Michigan) to Irresistible Sonnets (forthcoming, Headmistress Press), Orpheus and Company: Contemporary Poets on Greek Mythology (ed. Deborah DeNicola, UPNE), and The Southern Poetry Anthology (Paul Ruffin and William Wright, University of North Texas Press), Blakely served for a dozen years as a poetry editor at Antioch Review and now occupies the same position at New World Writing. She has recently published critical prose on the Best American Poetry and Smartish Pace b-sites, as well as in Harvard Review, Plath Profiles, and Pleiades. Additionally, Blakely is co-editing two books and orchestrating a third: Each Fugitive Moment: The Life and Work of Lynda Hull, The Lighthouse Keeper: On Eleanor Ross Taylor, and Notes on the State of [Southern] Poetry, Etc. After many years in Alabama, Boston, New York City, rural New Hampshire and Vermont, and Tennessee, Blakely makes her home south of Savannah.

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