Maggie (Margaret) Dietz is an Associate Professor in the English Department at UMass Lowell.

Margaret C. Dietz, M.F.A.

Associate Professor

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
O'Leary Library - 4th Floor


Poetry & Poetics

Research Interests

Poetry & Poetics

Twentieth-century and contemporary poetry.


  • MA: Creative Writing (Poetry), (1997), Boston University - Boston, MA
  • BA: English/Creative Writing, (1995), Northwestern University - Evanston, IL


Maggie Dietz is the author of That Kind of Happy (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and Perennial Fall (University of Chicago, 2006), which won the 2007 Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry and a Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement. She served for several years as 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, The Threepenny Review, 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.”
Before coming to UMass Lowell, Dietz taught in the Creative Writing Program at Boston University. From 2004-2012, she was assistant poetry editor for the online magazine Slate.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • George Benett Fellow (Writter-in-Residence) - Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Poetry Fellow - Fine Arts Work Center
  • Teaching Fellowship - Boston University
  • Wisconsin Library Association Literay Awards - Outstanding Achievement
  • 2015 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (2015), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Distinguished Alumna Award (2010) - Nortre Dame Academy, Green Bay, WI
  • New Hampshire Literary Awards (2007) - Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry
  • New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (2006) - Individual Artist Fellowship
  • The Grolier Poetry Prize (1999)
  • Departmental Honors for Poetry Manuscript (1995) - English Department, Northwestern University
  • Northwestern University's Faricy Award for Poetry, First Prize (1994)
  • Northwestern University's Schuman Junior Writing Major Award (1994) - Best Junior English Major in Writing

Selected Publications

  • Dietz, Maggie, . (2016). That kind of happy.
  • Dietz, M.C. (2011). Downtown. Salmagundi-a Quarterly of the Humanities and Social Sciences, (172-73).
  • Dietz, M.C. (2011). Kempie. Salmagundi-a Quarterly of the Humanities and Social Sciences, (172-73).
  • Dietz, M.C. (2011). Love Song. Salmagundi-a Quarterly of the Humanities and Social Sciences, (172-73).

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Teaching Fellowship (1996), Fellowship - Boston University