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Diana Arterian


DIANA ARTERIAN is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Agrippina the Younger (Northwestern University Press/Curbstone, 2025). Her first book, Playing Monster :: Seiche, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was a Poetry Foundation Staff Pick. Also forthcoming is Smoke Drifts, her co-translation of Nadia Anjuman’s poetry done with Marina Omar (World Poetry Books, 2025). Diana has 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 and twice-finalist for the National Poetry Series, 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 RailGeorgia Review, 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, Merrimack, and Wichita State. She lives in Los Angeles.

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