Diana Arterian

Diana Arterian (CNF, Non-Fiction, Poetry) | Los Angeles, CA

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Diana Arterian is the author of the poetry collection Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press, 2017), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press, 2017), Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet, 2016). A Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, her creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Banff Centre, Caldera, Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, and her poetry, essays, and translations have been featured in Asymptote, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, Denver Quarterly, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, and The Poetry Foundation website, among others.

Diana holds a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, where she was a Russell Fellow, and an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow. Born and raised in Arizona, she currently resides in Los Angeles.


Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press, 2017). Poetry.
Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet, 2016). Co-Editor with Fox Frazier-Foley. Anthology. CNF/Criticism.


  • With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press, 2017). CNF.
  • Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013). Poetry.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

Arterian weaves a family narrative of devastating clarity from letters, found text, memories, and more in her striking debut.
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Diana Arterian’s poetry is shockingly almost-gentle as it speaks about family violence and childhood terror.
— Sarah Vap

Playing Monster :: Seiche is a devastating classic. It’s like reading a detective story or “thriller” but with real pain, real consequences.
— Alice Notley

Tender and cruel, the pathos in here animates me and the writing hunts me. And so I gratefully surrender.
— Lily Hoang

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