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Joanne Diaz


Isaac Funk Endowed Professor of English


Office Number:
CLA 141
Joanne Diaz

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

Courses Frequently Taught:
English 101: Introduction to Creative Writing
English 132: The Healing Art: Illness and Recovery in Literature and Film
English 133: Crime and Punishment
English 202: Writing Poetry
English 224: Shakespeare and Film
English 243: Survey of English Poetry, 1500-1700
English 280: Understanding Literature
English 311: Poetics of Engagement
English 345: The Global Renaissance
English 393: Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories
English 394: Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances
English 480: Senior Seminar 

Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, 2022
Reynolds Fellow, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, 2022
Ragdale Artist Residency, 2016
Kimmel Harding Nelson Residency, 2015
Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant, 2013
NEA Fellowship, 2009
Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship, 2005

Selected Publications:

The Little Magazine in Contemporary America, co-edited with Ian Morris (University of Chicago Press, 2015)
My Favorite Tyrants, winner of the 2013 Brittingham Prize in Poetry (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014)
The Lessons,
winner of the 2009 Gerald Cable Book Award (Silverfish Review Press, 2011)

Reading and Writing about Literature: A Portable Guide, 5th Edition, co-edited with Janet E. Gardner (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2020)
Literature: A Portable Anthology, 5th Edition, co-edited with Janet Gardner, Beverly Lawn, Jack Ridl, and Peter Schakel (Bedford/St. Martins, 2021)

Articles and Poems
"21st Century Little Magazines." Co-written with Ian Morris. In The Routledge Companion to the British and North American Literary Magazine, ed. Tim Lanzendörfer (Routledge, 2022).
Comedies of Tough Love” in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy, ed. Heather Hirschfeld (Oxford University Press, 2018).
The Future of the University Quarterly,” co-written with Ian Morris. Inside Higher EdFebruary 16, 2015.
“Complaint.”  Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics,  fourth edition, 2012.
“The Digital Archive as a Tool for Close Reading in the Undergraduate Literature Course.”  Pedagogy  Volume 12, issue 3 (2012).
Poems published in AGNI, American Poetry Review, The Massachusetts Review, Missouri Review, Poetry, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, The Southern Review, and Third Coast.

The Poetry for All podcast, co-host with Abram Van Engen:

Faculty Status:
Tenured, at IWU since 2008; next sabbatical, 2027-2028

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 am interested in archives, book history, literary magazines, and the poetry and drama produced by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.