Poetry & Poetics
Twentieth-century and contemporary poetry
M.A. (M.F.A. equivalent), Creative Writing/Poetry, Boston University
B.A., English/Creative Writing, Northwestern University
Maggie Dietz’s book of poems Perennial Fall (University of Chicago, 2006) won the 2007 Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry and a Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is the long-time director of the Favorite Poem Project, a national undertaking founded by Robert Pinsky during his time as United States Poet Laureate, dedicated to celebrating, documenting and enhancing poetry’s role in American lives. With Pinsky she co-edited three anthologies related to the project: Americans’ Favorite Poems (W.W. Norton & Co., 1999), Poems to Read (Norton, 2002), and, most recently, An Invitation to Poetry (Norton, 2004), for which Dietz co-authored the classroom guide.
Her awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize, the George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy, as well as fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the NH State Council on the Arts. Dietz’s poems have appeared widely in literary journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, Agni, Harvard Review and Salmagundi.
The New York Times Book Review described Perennial Fall as “intimate, idiomatic and thoroughly original”; Publisher’s Weekly described the “quiet humility, even resignation” of poems born out of “the elegiac tradition in which Dietz works, one designed to answer the largest questions of all.”
Dietz lives in New Hampshire with her husband, the poet Todd Hearon, and their two children. Before coming to UMass Lowell, she taught in the Creative Writing Program at Boston University. From 2004-2012, she was assistant poetry editor for the online magazine Slate.