Joanne Diaz

Joanne Diaz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D., English literature, Northwestern University
M.F.A, Creative Writing, New York University

Courses Frequently Taught:
English 101: Introduction to Creative Writing
English 170: The Healing Art: Illness and Recovery in Literature and Film
English 202: Writing Poetry
English 243: English Poetry, 1500-1700
English 280: Practical Criticism
English 301: Seminar in Creative Writing (poetry)
English 342: Renaissance Literature
English 480: Senior Seminar: Revenge Tragedy 

My Favorite Tyrants, Winner of the 2013 Brittingham Prize in Poetry (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, forthcoming 2014)The Lessons, Winner of the 2009 Gerald Cable Book Award (Eugene, OR: Silverfish Review Press, 2011).
Pushcart Prize nomination (2010).
NEA Fellowship (2009).
Pushcart Prize nomination (2008).
Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship (2005).

Selected Publications:
“Complaint.” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, fourth edition, to be published in 2010 2012.
“The Digital Archive as a Tool for Close Reading in the Undergraduate Literature Course.” Pedagogy Volume 12, issue 3 (2012)
Poems published in 32 Poems, AGNI, American Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, The Southern Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Third Coast.

Faculty Status:
Tenure track, at IWU since 2008; next sabbatical, 2015-16

Professional and Personal:
As a teacher, I have two goals: I aim to help students develop their interpretive skills so that they can enjoy the provocations of literary texts, and I encourage students to see both creative and analytical writing as integral parts of their development as learners. I hope that my students develop their own interests while at the same time writing their best creative work and learning about the unique attributes of literary texts.

I am both a poet and a scholar. In my poetry, I use a style that is based on a principle of inclusion, one that allows me to write long, discursive lines which connect popular culture with political concerns, cross many geographies and time periods, and use a variety of rhetorical strategies to explore charged emotional material. In my scholarship, I focus on English Renaissance complaint poetry, a mode of expression that absorbed the language and rituals of both auricular confession and the emergent juridical language of English courts to create a poetics of dissatisfaction in the period.


email phone (309) 556-3246 office
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Office Hours
updated October 2013
Monday 1-2:30
Tuesday -
Wednesday 3:30-5:00
Thursday -
Friday 1:00-2:30