Wednesday 18th of May, poetry reading by Diane Thiel at ECU Mount Lawley campus!

Wednesday 18th of May - Reading by Diane Thiel

USA poet, nonfiction writer and teacher of creative writing, Diane Thiel, is giving a free public reading at ECU Mount Lawley campus on Wed 18 May, 12.30-1.10pm. The event will take place in Spectrum Gallery, building 3, ground floor, located near the Grindhouse Cafe. It will be followed by a light lunch in the undercover area directly outside the Gallery, concluding at 1.30pm. All welcome.

In the Gallery at that time will also be the work of two wonderful young artists, Vanessa Wallace and Laura Williams.

Diane Thiel is the author of ten books of poetry, nonfiction and creative writing pedagogy; including Echolocations (2000), which received the Nicholas Roerich Prize from Story Line Press; Writing Your Rhythm: Using Nature, Culture, Form and Myth (Story Line Press, 2001); The White Horse: A Colombian Journey (Etruscan Press, 2004); and Resistance Fantasies (Story Line Press, 2004).

She has also published three textbooks with Longman: Crossroads: Creative Writing Exercises in Four Genres (2005), Open Roads: Exercises in Writing Poetry (2005), and Winding Roads: Exercises in Writing Creating Nonfiction (2008). Her chapbook, Cleft in the Wall, was published by Aralia Press (1999). Thiel's translation of Greek author Alexis Stamatis's American Fugue (2008) received an NEA International Literature Award in conjunction with Etruscan Press (one of only three awarded nationally).

Her work appears in numerous publications, including PoetryThe Hudson Review, and Best American Poetry 1999 (Scribner's), and is re-printed in Longman, Bedford, Harper Collins, Beacon, Henry Holt and McGraw Hill anthologies, including Twentieth Century American Poetry (McGraw Hill, 2004). Thiel's work is translated into Spanish, Russian, Korean, French, and Romanian and appears in over 40 major national and international anthologies. 

Her work has received numerous awards, including the Robert Frost Award, the Robinson Jeffers Award, and the New Millennium Writings Award. Thiel received her BA and MFA from Brown University. She has traveled and lived in various countries in Europe and South America and is fluent in Spanish, German, French and speaks some Greek.

She has been a professor of creative writing for over ten years and has also taught in innovative settings such as the NSF program: Ecology for Urban Students and for the Miami Book Fair's Poet in the Schools program. Thiel was a Fulbright Scholar for 2001-2002 in Odessa, on the Black Sea, and is currently Professor of English/Creative Writing at the University of New Mexico.