Diana Khoi Nguyen

A centaur from the waist up.

Poet and human.

Acceptance into University of Denver's PhD in English - Creative Writing Program!

I'm pleased to share that I received a call from Eleni Sikelianos on Friday evening inviting me to join the small poetry cohort starting this fall. It's the only program to which I applied and I'm nearly very certain I will accept this wonderful opportunity. And it's my dream program (hence--why I didn't apply anywhere else).

I'm excited to join some current poet friends there (Carolina Ebeid, Taryn Schwilling, Nicholas Gulig) as well as to get to know my cohort.

My heart brims.

Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency

Last year I was ranked first on their waitlist for the inaugural Bread Load Bakeless Camargo Residency in Cassis, France, and I'm pleased to be accepted as a resident this year!

This comes at the end of my Roth Residency at Bucknell, so I have so many wonderful months of writing to look forward to in the first half of 2015.

I'm grateful for these generous gifts!

Belated: Where I gush about a favorite Mark Levine poem

And forgot to share the news here. Well, better late than never!

Also: ML emailed me the morning the link went live to thank me for writing the piece, which spoke to him. I had a total fangirl moment while reading the email in the local pharmacy.

That was a wonderful day! Which I am reliving 5% of today, months later.

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EDIT: Just realized I mentioned it marginally, but I didn't talk about the ML email, so this post stays its execution.

Random Tidbits

Forgot to mention that I'm reading slush for Boston Review now (I love it! So much quality work in there), and will soon be writing micro-reviews for new site to be unveiled (founded by Kathleen Ossip and Spencer Short).

I needed to maintain my membership in poetry life, and this is one good way, I think. Am grateful for these opportunities.

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Roth Resident in Poetry at Bucknell University!

Somehow forgot to toot the horn about this, but found out 3 weeks ago that I was the first choice for the Roth Residency in Poetry at Bucknell University! I got to choose between either fall or spring semester during the 2014-2015 academic year and opted for spring.

They won't be offering an office this year, but will be offering a larger stipend. And I'll get the whole downstairs of the Poet's Cottage (2 bedrooms + scary basement) to myself! I'll likely set up an office in one of the bedrooms and make the rest of the house into a pup maze for Beckett.

I feel so honored! Thank you so much to everyone at the Stadler Center--Shara, Andy, Katie, Carolina, and the hard-working interns.

It's such a gift to not have to work next spring and just work on a new manuscript ...

Out of Touch, Still in Touch

At the eve of AWP (we fly out of Philadelphia tomorrow evening), it seems appropriate to provide an update. Apologies for the long interval between updates, but I swear--not much has been happening.

But now, so many upcoming readings! 2 this week in Seattle at AWP, then a Providence reading in March, and a Brooklyn one in April. It's like I'm on a slowly moving tour that mimics the trajectory of scattered pigeon poop.

And on the prose front, my disshelved prose debuted on the Poetry NW blog this past Saturday! You can check out my take on a "reading list" here. Also totally forgot to pimp my short personal essay on Mark Levine.

Hopefully upcoming is an interview series, and seasonal reading lists ...

This week (Thurs/Friday), you can find me at the Lana Turner booth. Please come say hello!

1st Poetry Review!

Cal Bedient will publish my review of Swamp Isthmus by Joshua Marie Wilkinson in the next issue of Lana Turner! Very honored to have such a great publication host my first ever critical review. I hope I don't blow it.

Awarded Lucille Clifton Scholarship to Squaw Valley Writers!

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Yes! So excited! Squaw Valley is a week-long workshop where I'll be forced to write a new poem every day (only for 7 days? NO BIG DEAL--after this 30/30), and will be in workshop with Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Sharon Olds, and Evie Shockley. Such an amazing opportunity. I'm so floored!

I applied back in 2010 and was duly rejected with a form letter (so cold). It's been my dream to go to Squaw Valley (in Tahoe) since someone told me about this back when I was a confused undergrad dabbling in poetry at UCLA.

And now I get to go! This summer is going to be fantastic--week in Tahoe, then a week in Provincetown, then Bread Loaf, then the world.