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Diana Woodcock



DIANA WOODCOCK Her first full-length collection, Swaying on the Elephant’s Shoulders, won the 2010 Vernice Quebodeaux International Poetry Prize for Women. Her five chapbooks include Desert Ecology: Lessons and Visions, Tamed by the Desert, In the Shade of the Sidra Tree, Mandala, and Travels of a Gwai Lo. Widely published in literary journals, her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award. Her most recent award-winning poem, “Music as Scripture,” was performed onstage in Lincoln Park, San Francisco on September 20 by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company at Artists Embassy International ‘s 21st Dancing Poetry Festival. Since receiving an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing in 2004, she has been teaching writing courses at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar/School of the Arts. Previously, she spent nearly eight years working in Tibet, Macau, and on the Thai-Cambodian border. She is a PhD candidate (creative writing/poetry) at Lancaster University.