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Biography, Awards and Readings


Photograph by Eleanor Brawley

A lover of voices and words on the page, Diana Pinckney enjoys readings and whatever brings the bards together. She has published in such journals as Green Mountains Review, Atlanta Review, Iodine, Calyx, RHINO, Cream City Review, EKPHRASIS, Cave Wall, other magazines & anthologies. She has five collections of poetry: Fishing With Tall Women, Persephone Press, White Linen, Nightshade Press,  Alchemy, Main Street Rag Publishing Co., Green Daughters, Lorimer Press and her latest, The Beast and The Innocent, FutureCycle Press.

Diana Pinckney has published poetry and prose in such journals and magazines as Southern Poetry Review, Cream City Review, Tar River Poetry, Cave Wall, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Icarus International, Atlanta Review, Green Mountains Review, Main Street Rag, Kalliope, Iodine, Asheville Poetry Review, Calyx, RHINO, Charlotte Viewpoint Magazine, The Pedestal, Creative Loafing and many others. Her chapbook, Fishing With Tall Women, won North Carolina’s 1996 Persephone Press Book Award and South Carolina’s Kinlock Rivers Memorial Chapbook Contest. Nightshade Press, Troy, Maine, published her second book of poems, White Linen, in 1998. Alchemy, the third collection was published by Main Street Rag Publishing Co., Charlotte, N.C. in 2004. Her full-length collection, Green Daughters, was released by Lorimer Press, Davidson, N.C. in April, 2011. A new full-length, The Beast and The Innocent was released in April, 2015 by FutureCycle Press.


                                                      Awards & Anthologies

Diana Pinckney received
2013 Honoree of the Irene Blair Honeycutt
Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts Award
from Central Piedmont Community College

Sensoria Arts Festival. Presented on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 7p.m.
at Pease Auditorium on the CPCC Campus.  

 Five times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Diana's poems and prose have won many awards including First Place Prizes from the Charlotte Writers Club, N.C. Poetry Society, The Poetry Council of N.C., The Charlotte Poetry Review,The Deep South Writer’s Chapbook Contest, Keystone Magazine, the 2010 EKPHRASIS Prize and the 2012 Atlanta Review International Poetry Grand Prize; Second Place Prizes from the Cream City Review & The Crucible; Honorable Mentions from The Devils Millhopper Forms Contest & the Kakalak Anthologies & other journals and magazines. She has twice (2009 & 2011)been a winner in the Persimmon Tree Southeast Coast Poems Contest.

Her work is included in such anthologies as: TrappingTime Between the Branches (Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County), Earth and Soul (Kostroma Press, Russia), Word and Witness, 100 Yearsof North Carolina Poems (Carolina Academic Press), Kakalak: An Anthology of the Carolinas 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, Hungry for Home: Stories of Food from across the Carolinas (Novello Press), Imagining Heaven (Central Piedmont Community College Press), Luck, a Collection of Facts, Fiction, incantations & verse (Lorimer Press), The Sound of Poets Cooking, Jacar Press and the love poem anthology, ... and love .... from Jacar Press.

           Pinckney has given readings as a featured poet: at Canio’s Bookshop in Sag Harbor, Long Island, at the Sam Ragan Poetry Festival in Southern Pines, N.C., at the Poetry Society of North Carolina in the Weymouth Center for the Arts and the South Carolina Poetry Society in Charleston,S.C., for the Charleston, S.C. Public Library Literary Series, at several of the annual Central Piedmont Community Collage Literary Festivals, Sensoria, in Charlotte, in the Botanical Gardens of the University of N.C. in Chapel Hill, N.C.,  in numerous bookstores such as Malaprops Bookstore, McIntyre's Books and Park Road Books in N.C. Also Pinckney has given readings in coffee shops and other places in the cities and towns of North and South Carolina.

         She was selected as a reader in the 2004 Sundown Series for the Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, S.C. and

selected in the statewide competition held by the N. C. Writers Network as a reader in the Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series in

1994 and again in 1999. She has given readings in the Main Branch of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, The Queens University of Charlotte Library, the Greenville, S.C. library, the Main Branch of The Charleston, S.C. Library and the Greensboro, N.C. Central Downtown Library in July 2011. Also readings in The Larry Elder Art Gallery of Charlotte, N.C. and Finleaf Gallery in Columbia, S.C. in 2004 and 2011. She read in the 2010 Tribute to Novella at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library. She was a featured reader at Litchfield Books Moveable Feast, Pawleys Island, S.C., at Harborwalks Books, Georgetown, S.C.and at the Monday Night Music and Poetry in Charleston, S.C. in 2011. Pinckney has again been selected as a reader for the Piccolo Spoleto Sundown Series in Charleston for 2012. She is reading at Bucketts, Charlotte, N.C. and at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill in 2012.

Pinckney has given readings for many book clubs in people’s homes and for various literary societies and study groups in both North & South Carolina. She has conducted poetry programs for elementary grades through high school in several Charlotte public and private schools and in 2 other high schools in other N.C. towns.

She has been a reader and workshop leader for the N.C. Poetry Society and the Charlotte Writers Club and served on the boards of both organizations in various positions, such as vice-president for programs for both groups. She also served on the board of the Poetry Council of N.C. She is a long standing member of the CentralPiedmontCommunity College’s advisory board for their spring literary festivals. Diana is presently serving as a Committee member for the board of the N.C. Poetry Society.

Pinckney has written book reviews for Creative Loafing Magazine and taught poetry writing for 12 years in the Continuing Education Department at QueensUniversity, Charlotte, North Carolina and is presently teaching at the CornwellCenter in Charlotte.

Diana grew up in Columbia, S. C. where she attended the University of South Carolina. She has lived in Rhode Island, Florida and Washington, D.C. Her home for many years has been Charlotte, N.C. where she is very active in the writing community there and around both of the Carolinas.

Photographs of Diana presenting awards to Tony Abbott and Mary Kratt