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Featured Poet

Featured Illinois Poet

Although this website's objective is simply to promote the art of poetry, its special focus is the rich bounty of work created by our state's poets past and present. Through features on the work of Illinois poets, the site will highlight the poetic legacy of Illinois and showcase the bevy of fine poets currently writing within the state.

Biographical Note

Joanne DiazJoanne Diaz

Joanne Diaz is the author of My Favorite Tyrants (winner of the 2014 Brittingham Prize) and The Lessons (winner of the 2009 Gerald Cable first book award). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, The American Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and Third Coast. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She teaches in the English department at Illinois Wesleyan University.


Joanne Diaz's Poems

The Lessons - HTML
The Lessons - Audio

"The Lessons"

Plaza de Toros, Bilbao - HTML
Plaza de Toros, Bilbao - Audio

"Plaza de Toros, Bilbao"

The Griffin - HTML
The Griffin - Audio

"The Griffin"

Little Terror - HTML
Little Terror - Audio

"Little Terror"

Pyrrhic - HTML
peetric - Audio

"Pyrrhic"