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Diane Wakoski

University Distinguished Professor

Creative Writing





207 Morrill Hall
Phone: 517-355-7570

Diane Wakoski, born in southern California, lived and began her poetry career in New York City from 1960–1973. Since 1975, she has been Poet in Residence at Michigan State University, where she continues to teach as university distinguished professor. 

Her poetry has been published in more than twenty collections and many slim volumes. Emerald Ice won the William Carlos Williams prize from the Poetry Society of America in 1989. The Butcher’s Apron is her most recent book, and, currently, she is working on a three-volume project, poetry as autobiography, of which the first volume, Blue Noir: 1956–68, is complete. She is actively looking for a publisher for a collection of her new poems, The Diamond Dog.

Courses Taught

English 229 Introductory Poetry Workshop

English 429 Advanced Poetry Workshop

English 453 Contemporary American Poetry