LA-Lit interviewed Diane Ward on Sunday, February 5, 2006 at 5pm.
Diane Ward was born in 1956 in Washington, DC and currently lives in Santa Monica, California. She attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. She has published ten books of poetry including, most recently, When You Awake, New York: Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, Portrait As If Through My Own Voice, Los Angeles: Margin to Margin, 2001 and Portraits and Maps (with Michael C. McMillen), Italy: ML & NLF Editions, 2000. She has been included in numerous anthologies, among them: MOVING BORDERS: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, edited by Mary Margaret Sloan (New Jersey: Talisman House, Publishers, 1998) and OUT OF EVERYWHERE: linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America & the UK, edited by Maggie O’Sullivan (London: Reality Street Editions, 1996). She has read widely in the United States, including: District of Columbia Arts Center, The UCLA Hammer Museum, Otis Art Institute (Los Angeles), University of Pennsylvania, Small Press Traffic at New College (San Francisco), The Bowery Poetry Club and The Poetry Project of St. Mark’s Church (both in New York City), among many others. Her work has appeared in dozens of small press publications, including: The New Review, Tripwire, Crayon, Conjunctions, How(ever) Reality Studios, The Paris Review, Sulfur, The World, Raddle Moon, among others. She has received the California Arts Council Artists Fellowship in Literature, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, San Francisco State University Poetry Center’s Book of the Year Award and is listed in the Poets and Writers Directory of American Writers. Forthcoming poetry and reviews will appear in Aufgabe, The New Review, and the series Heretical Texts. Several of her poems (including “Fade on Family”) have been set to music by the Los Angeles composer Michael Webster. She is currently working on a text for avant-garde sound performer and musician, Emily Hay.
Diane read the entire length of her chapbook, When You Awake, New York: Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, as well as a few other pieces from a new manuscript.