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 Diana Pinckney announces  new book from FutureCycle Press, titled

The Beast and The Innocent 

Publication Date, April, 2015






 Photograph by Gay Pender



Each chiseled bit of diction, each arresting image, stops you in Diana Pinckney’s wonderful new collection, The Beast and the Innocent. These poems are beautifully elegiac, wise, and capacious enough to encircle the world: line breaks sure as Botticelli brush strokes, and a piercing eye accommodated by a facility for language that is not only consistently elegant, but can throw a right cross as well. Indeed this arresting volume is a primer on ekphrasis. Pinckney’s poems about paintings and photographs are lucid and haunting. More than anything, there is about them a yearning to penetrate the astonishing, wholly outlandish and beatified world of representation. Through the refractory prism of Pinckney’s imagination, the reader is dazzled just like her “dazed Madonnas,” as if we’ve been visited by an angel, as if Gabriel has shown up in our kitchen, “the frantic air, beating, / beating against God’s hard light.”

Joseph Bathanti

North Carolina Poet Laureate            2012--2014

These poems sing to us in varied ways, sometimes as witness,

other times as persona, Diana Pinckney’s eye behind the eye

translating a wild harmony haunting the unknown in subjects

ranging from family to art objects, to animals, to anything that

ranges across her insight, including the inanimate--

witness, “Melancholia”, that gift that sifts through the blood,

silent as snow fluttering down like a great aunt’s tablecloth.

Though she is not without humor, the unforgettable lyricism

of this collection reverberates as in “Pawnee”, a paean to wolf,

the spirit talker, a howl higher and higher . . .until you are the

breath that moves the clouds to open.

                                                                        ---Julie Suk

winner of the Arkansas Poetry Award, the Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Award and the Brockman-Campbell Award.  Author of 5 books of poetry, including Lie Down With Me, New and Selected Poems      



 work the earth

     to row

                   its seasons

free the clay

     the paint

     the pen

                                to write

     the voice

          to tell

                                         the story

        that makes

                the music

                                         what can

      the body do

         but sing

Iodine Poetry Review, Fall 2014

The Beast and The Innocent

Readings in 2015

Charlotte Friends of Jung Poets Reading, Friday,March 13

Charlotte Writers Club:
For National Poetry Month, the April meeting will feature
Diana Pinckney presenting a poetry program and reading from her new book, The Beast and The Innocent.
April 21, 7p.m., United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd., Charlotte. 

Park Road Books
Park Road Shopping Center, 4130 Park Rd., Charlotte, N.C.
Reading from The Beast and The Innocent
Sunday, Sept. 13th at 2p.m. 

McIntyre's Books
Fearrington Village, 220 Market St., Pittsboro, N.C.
NCPS Reading on Sunday, October 25 at 2p.m.

Malaprops Bookstore
55 Hayward St., Asheville, N.C.
Poetrio on Sunday November 1st at 3p.m.

Vin Master in Atherton Mill
2000 South Blvd., Suite 610, Charlotte, N.C.
2nd Thursday Reading, November 12th at 7p.m.

Readings in 2016

Scuppernong Books
304 South Elm St., Downtown, Greensboro, N.C.
Saturday, January 9th at 7p.m.

Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Blvd.,
Chapel Hill, N.C. 
Thursday, March 10th at 7p.m.

"Walking Into April" Event,
Featured morning poet reading and discussion.
Barton College, Wilson, N.C.
Saturday, April 9th. 


Diana Pinckney lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a native of South Carolina. Diana is an award winning poet, and her works have been published in a number of prestigious journals, anthologies and other publications. She won the 2010 EKPHRASIS Prize from EKPHRASIS, a journal of poems based on art. She is also one of the winners of Persimmon Tree's 2009, 2011 and 2014 East Coast States Poetry Contest. Diana received Honorable Mention in Broad River Review's 2014 Contest.
Diana is the 2012 Winner of Atlanta Review's International Poetry Contest. The following link is the announcement on Atlanta Review's website --
Atlanta Revew Poetry 2012, Fall/Winter Issue with Contest Winners
is available October 2012 from the Review's website.

Diana received the 2013 Irene Blair Honeycutt Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Central Piedmont Community College's Sensoria Arts Festival in April, 2013


           The first link below is to a recording of the Green Daughters reading at Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville and an interview afterwards for Word Play by Jeff Davis. This is a weekly Asheville FM radio show that is a combination of music and interviews with writers. 

          Interview with Davidson, N.C.'s -- Bach & Biscuits was aired Sunday, October 9, 2011,10 a.m. hour  and is now archived on the station's website.
          Interview with Low Country Live, Charleston, S.C. on WCIV -- ABC was broadcast Monday, October 17, 2011, 10 a.m. hour.
Interview for audio piece by Krissa Palmer
The Pedestal Magazine.
 Green Daughters is reviewed by Alice Osborn in The Pedestal Magazine's 2011 Summer Issue
Green Daughters Review in The Pilot newspaper by Stephen Smith
Green Daughters is reviewed by Phebe Davidson 
in Tar River Poetry, Volume 51, number 2, Spring 2012 
Diana has poems archived with the following
online publications
The Pedestal Magazine,

Future Cycle Poetry,
Persimmon Tree Magazine,
 Wild Goose Poetry Review,
Southern Women's Review,
Charlotte Viewpoint Magazine,
Street Light Magazine, Winter, 2013

Poems by Diana & an Interview by J.P. Reese on


2014 current online poems:

Wild Goose Poetry Review, http://www,

Persimmon Tree Summer Contest Winners,


Poems recently or now in Print:

Cave Wall Issue, Spring 2012 Number 11

Atlanta Review, Fall/Winter 2012, Vol.XIX, No. 1

Future Cycle Press 2012 Anthology, American Society:

What Poets See

Jacar Press 2010 Sound of Poets Cooking Anthology

Jacar Press 2012 ...and love Anotholgy

Jacar Press 2013 What Matters Anotholgy

Future Cycle flash fiction, poetry 2012,

Winter 2013

Jasper Magazine for the Arts, Spring 2013

Thin Air, Spring/Summer 2014

Still Point Arts Quarterly Spring 2014, Issue No. 13

Broad River Review, Honorable Mention, Spring/Summer 2014

Iodine Poetry Journal Spring/Summer 2014, 15 Anniversary Issue

Kakalak Anthology 2014, 

Arroyo Spring 2015 Issue, 

Southern Anthology, North Carolina edition

Readings 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Park Road Books, Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte N.C.

Sunday April 3rd, 2:00 p.m. 2011

Literary Bookpost, Salisbury, N.C.

Thursday, April 7th, 7:00 p.m. 2011

Sensoria Literary Festival, Central Piedmont College,

Charlotte, N.C.

Thursday, April 14th, 2:00 p.m. 2011

Poetrio at Malaprop's Bookstore, Asheville, N.C.

Sunday, May 1st, 3:00 p.m.2011

Finleaf Gallery, 2323 Divine St.,Columbia, S.C.

Friday, May 13th, 5:30p.m. 2011

McIntyre's Books, Ferrington Village, Pittsboro, N.C.

Sunday, May 22, 2:00 p.m. 2012

Greensboro Central Library Downtown

219 N. Church Street, Greensboro, N.C.

Monday, July 18th, 7 p.m.2012

Litchfield Books, Moveable Feast, Pawleys Island, S.C.

Friday, September 9, 11 a.m. 2012

Harborwalks Books,

Front Street, Georgetown, S.C.

Sunday, September 18, 2 p.m. 2012

Monday Night Poetry and Music Series

East Bay Meeting House,159 East Bay Street

Charleston, S.C. Monday, October 17, 8 p.m. 2012

Pomegranate Books

4418 Park Ave.

Wilmington, N.C. Thursday, October 20, 7 p.m. 2012

Final Friday Reading Series

 Vin Master Wine Bar, 2000 South Blvd. Suite 610

Charlotte, N.C. Friday, October 28, 7 p.m. 2012


Reading and Workshop

N.C. Poetry Society Ram Ragan Meeting

Weymouth Center for the Arts

Southern Pines. N.C.

Saturday, March 24th, 2012



2015 Ayrsley Town Blvd. Suite 107A

Charlotte, N.C. 28273

May 22, 2012, 11 a.m. 2012



     Piccolo Spoleto Sundown Series

Dock Street Theatre Courtyard

133 Church Street, Charleston, S.C.

Thursday, May31, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

Reception following reading and book signing at

Lowcountry Artists, 148 East Bay Street

S.C. Writers Workshop Intensive

Grace Lutheran Church

Rock Hill, S. C.

Saturday, June 26, 2012, 1p.m. 2012


Fourth Thursday Poetry Series

Flyleaf Books

752 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Chapel Hill, N.C.

Thursday, September 13, 2012, 7 p.m. 2012

Persona Poetry Workshop for The Friends of Jung Society

Saturday, October 6th, 9a.m. to 1p.m. 2012

Location: Movement Dialogues Studio, 4805 Park Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28209. This studio is at the corner of Seneca and Park Road in the same building as McAllister's Deli. Parking and main entrance are in the back.


2013 Readings

 Atlanta Reading at Callanwolde

981 Briarcliff Rd.

Atlanta, GA

        Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, 8 p.m.


            Central Piedmont Community College,

            Sensoria Arts Festival

                   Pease Auditorium, Charlotte, N.C.

                                 April17, 2013,7p.m                                  


  Diana Pinckney and David Radavich

present program for Charlotte Senior Scholars, Otocber 2013

2014 Readings

Performance Poetry for April Salons at CAST Theatre, April 6, 2014