Joanne Diaz Joanne Diaz (Joanne-Diaz.com) is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at Illinois Wesleyan University where she teaches literature and creative writing. She received her MFA from New York University, where she was a New York Times fellow; and her Ph.D. in English literature from Northwestern University. Diaz's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, AGNI, The American Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, The Southern Review, and Third Coast. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her book, The Lessons, won the Gerald Cable first book award from Silverfish Review Press and was published in spring 2011. Diaz writes for Bedford's LitBits, where she blogs about teaching poetry.