Diana Arterian is the author of 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, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, and her poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in Asymptote, BOMB, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among others.
Born and raised in Arizona, she currently resides in Los Angeles where she is a doctoral candidate in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow.
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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