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Diana Arterian


DIANA ARTERIAN is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Agrippina the Younger (Northwestern University Press, 2025). Her first book, Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press), received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was a Poetry Foundation Staff Pick. She penned two chapbooks, With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press) and Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse), and co-edited the anthology Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet).

A Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, Diana’s creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Banff Centre, Caldera, Millay Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo. Her poetry, nonfiction, criticism, co-translations, and conversations have been featured in BOMBBrooklyn RailDenver Quarterly, Los Angeles Review of BooksNPR, The New York Times Book Review, and The Poetry Foundation website, among others. She curates and writes “The Annotated Nightstand” column at LitHub.

Diana holds a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, an MFA in Poetry from CalArts, and has held teaching positions at CalArts, Fordham, and Wichita State. She currently teaches literature and creative writing at Merrimack College, where she helps run the Writers House Visiting Writers Series. She splits her time between Cambridge and Los Angeles.

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