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Diana Dinverno's Poem "There's a Train Coming" Wins the Poetry Society of Michigan's Chancellor Prize

In January 2024, Diana's poem "What I Say to My Birth Father as I Stand at the Edge of the Sea" appeared in Muleskinner, Journal 9. 

The issue is available here. The poem appears on page 85. 

In March 2023, Third Wednesday Literary Magazine published Diana Dinverno's poem "Opposite of an Existential Crisis."

The poem received Honorable Mention by Contest Judge David James. It appears in the Spring 2023 edition of the magazine and on 

the magazine's website. 

In January 2023, The Burningword Literary Journal published Diana Dinverno's poem "La Traviata at the Vienna Opera House." 

"There’s a Train Coming” a poem by Diana Dinverno inspired by the Turner painting “Rain, Steam, and Speed,”appears in

the most recent edition of Peninsula Poets (Contest Edition/Fall 2022). The poem was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Prize.

Judge: Eric Torgersen


Two of Diana Dinverno's poems and photographs will be on display at the Mackinac Center for the Arts Gallery located in the Mission Point

Theatre at 6633 Main Street on Mackinac Island from June 1 through the end of October in 2022. Admission is free. For more information,

visit the organization's website here. 

In May of 2022, Diana Dinverno's chapbook "When Truth Comes Home to Roost" was profiled by Linda Sienkiewicz

in her What, Why, How Blog Series

Springfield Arts awarded Diana Dinverno's poem "La Traviata at the Vienna Opera House" Second Place in its 2022 Poetry contest. 

Judge: Dunya Mikhail

The poem "In the Shadow of the Forest" by Diana Dinverno appears in Michigan Roots, A Poetry Society of Michigan Anthology (2021). 


In November 2021, The Gyroscope Review nominated Diana Dinverno's poem "The Archeology of Grief" for a Pushcart Prize. 


The Westchester Review, a N.Y. Times-acclaimed literary journal, published Diana Dinverno's story, "After the March Blizzard," in its Fall 

2021 Edition. 

Gyroscope Review published “The Archeology of Grief” in its Summer 2021 issue (21-3). The poem appears on page 33 of the PDF available

on the Review’s website. Click on the lovely blue cover with the whale image to read. Print and Kindle Issues are available through Amazon.

Mockingheart Review (Vol.6, Issue 2, 2021) published Diana Dinverno's poem "In a Thousand Years." 

Diana Dinverno's poem "Escaping the Labyrinth" won First Prize in the 2021 Art Talks Back Poetry Contest sponsored by the Muskegon Museum

of Art. You can read all the prize-winning poems here. 


Wordpeace, a literary journal dedicated to peace and justice, published Diana Dinverno's poem "Hunger in the Time of Covid" in Issue 6.1 

Winter/Spring 2021.

Panoply, a literary zine (Issue 17-Winter 2021), published Diana Dinverno's poem "Celestial Navigation." 

Two poems by Diana Dinverno appear in Issue 8 (Summer 2020) of Peach Velvet Mag. To read "Letting Go" and "Birth Father" please

visit here.


The Poetry Society of Michigan posted results of its 2020 annual poetry contest and awarded Diana Dinverno's poem "Redolent" Second Place

in the Love category. Judge: Diane DeCillis. The poem appears in Peninsula Poets 2020 Fall edition.  

Diana Dinverno read an excerpt of her prize-winning story at the Springfed Arts 2020 on-line event. If you were unable to attend, you can

watch here. Feel free to watch the entire program of talented poetry and prose writers, but if you're short on time, you can forward to Diana

who read second to last in the lineup. You can also go to the Springfed Arts Facebook page to see the recording.  

Orange Blossom Review on behalf of its sponsoring organization, Florida College English Association, nominated Diana Dinverno's

poem "Rock, Paper, Scissors" for Sundress Publications' Best of the Net 2020 anthology. 

Orange Blossom Review published Diana Dinverno's poem "Rock, Paper, Scissors" in Issue 4, Summer 2020 edition. You can read the 

poem here. 

Springfed Arts awarded Diana Dinverno's short story "Revelation at Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari" First Place in its 2020 Prose 

Contest. Judge: Anne-Marie Oomen. Diana  will read on a date to be announced at the Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. Eleven Mile Road,

Royal Oak, MI 48067. Free and open to the public. 

The Poetry Society of Michigan awarded Diana Dinverno's poem "Decisions" the 2019 Margo LaGatutta Memorial Award.

Judge Alina Stefanescu selected the poem for the first place prize. Also, her poem "Sparkle" received first place and was named

the Barbara Sykes Memorial Humor Poem by Judge Jennifer Clark. Both poems will appear in the 2019 Fall edition of Peninsula Poets.

"An Arc of Water," an essay by Diana Dinverno, appears in Mother's Aways Write (August 19, 2019). 

Diana Dinverno's poem "Ann Arbor" appears in The MacGuffin, Spring 2019, Vol. XXXV, No. 2. The poem, awarded

the Detroit Working Writers MacGuffin Poetry Prize, is a love letter to the first city that captured the author's heart.

Copies will be available here. 

Diana Dinverno's poems "What You Need to Know About Knives " and "Why" appear in the 2019 Slippery Elm Literary

Journal. Click on the poems' titles to read or order a copy if the journal here. 

On Thursday, May 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Diana Dinverno will read at the release party for the 2019 Slippery Elm Literary

Journal at George House Coffee & Tea located at 1041 N. Main St, Findlay, Ohio 45840. 

Diana Dinverno's poem "Heart in My Hands," awarded the Founder's Prize by the Poetry Society of Michigan, appears

in the 2018 Fall Edition of Peninsula Poets. Judge: Charles W. Brice.


On Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Muskegon Museum of Art, Diana Dinverno will read her poem "Morningtide" inspired 

by the MMA's painting "Footsteps in the Snow" by Dale Nichols. The poem received an Honorable Mention in the MMA's 2019

Art Talks Back Poetry Contest. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. 

On Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., Diana Dinverno will read at Poetry Palooza! in the PuppetArt theatre

at 24293 Telegraph Road, Ste. 105, Southfield, MI 48033 (side entrance, second door, follow hall to suite 150). Free and open

to the public. 

On November 10, 2018, Diana Dinverno's poem "Ann Arbor" received Detroit Working Writers First Place Poetry Prize for 2018

(Judged by Steve A. Dolgin, editor of The MacGuffin). She also received the Young Adult/New Adult Fiction Prize (First Place)

for an excerpt of "The Telegram." 

Diana Dinverno's poem “Recipe from a Friend” can be found in a new chapbook entitled “Breakfast All Day”

available through Pen and Anvil Press.

Finalist in the 2018 Springfed Arts Prose Contest (3rd Place). Judged by Keith Taylor. Diana will read her short story

"Magic Shift" at the Springfed Arts Writers Series on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 7 p.m. at the Birmingham Unitarian Church,

38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (just north of Lone Pine Road). Free and open to the public.


Diana Dinverno's poem "Some Summer Day" was awarded the First Place Prize in Yule Love it Lavender Farm's 

2018 Poetry Contest (July 4).

Diana Dinverno's poem "MoMA's Pond" appeared in the Ekphrastic Review on June 23, 2018. 

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Muskegon Museum of Art, Diana Dinverno will read her poem "Little Lyme Regis Maiden"

inspired by the MMA's painting "Study in Rose and Brown" by James McNeill Whistler. The poem received an Honorable Mention

in MMA's Art Talk 2018 Poetry Competition. Readings begin at 6:00 p.m. 


On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at the KGB Bar at 85 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10003, from 7-9 pm,  

Diana Dinverno will attend the launch of the new print edition of the Peacock Journal Anthology.

She'll join fellow contributors, read her poem selected for Anthology, and enjoy an evening of literature and art. 

If you plan to be in NYC on the 23rd, please stop by. She'd love to see you. Copies of the anthology may be

purchased here.


Five of Diana's poems appear in the online edition of the Peacock Journal .


Third Place in the 2017 Poetry Society of Michigan Annual Poetry Contest, Nature Category. Judged by

Joseph Gross. Her poem "Emerald Ash Borers Claimed Our Tree" will appear in the 2017 Fall edition of Peninsula Poets. 


Finalist in the 2017 Springfed Arts Prose Contest (3rd Place). Judged by Steve Amick. Diana will read her short story

"The Telegram" at the Springfed Arts Writers Series on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 7 p.m. at the Birmingham Unitarian Church, 

38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (Just north of Lone Pine Road). Free and open to the public.

Selected as a finalist for the New Rivers Press 2015 Short Story Prize, Diana's story "How to Fall" appears

in American Fiction, Volume 15, The Best Unpublished Stories by New and Emerging Writers (New Rivers Press,  2016).

Steve Almond, Finalist Judge

"The World Spins" and "Letting Go," appear in the Spring-Summer 2016 edition of The MacGuffin, Vol. XXXII, No. 3.

The poems received Second and Third Place in The MacGuffin Poetry Prize competition (2016). 

Detroit Working Writers (DWW) awarded one of Diana's  short stories the 2016 Fiction Prize.

An essay entitled "Uncle Earl's Gift" won the Winter 2016 Rochester Writers' Holiday Memoir Award.

Diana Dinverno's poem "The Twilight Gardner" appears in the 2011 Peninsula Poets Poetry Contest Edition (Fall 2011).

The poem received Second Place in the Nature Category in the Poetry Society of Michigan's annual contest. 

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