Featured Illinois Poet

Although this website's objective is simply to promote the art of poetry, its special focus is the rich bounty of work created by our state's poets past and present. Through features on the work of Illinois poets, the site will highlight the poetic legacy of Illinois and showcase the bevy of fine poets currently writing within the state.

Please visit the Illinois Poet Laureate website to view past Featured Poets.

Joanne Diaz

Diaz Photo

Joanne Diaz is the author of My Favorite Tyrants (winner of the 2014 Brittingham Prize) and The Lessons (winner of the 2009 Gerald Cable first book award). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, The American Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and Third Coast. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She teaches in the English department at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Audio/Text Poems

  • "The Lessons"
  • "Plaza de Toros, Bilbao
  • "The Griffin"
  •  "Little Terror"
  • "Pyrrhic"

Poet's Forum:

  • Joanne Diaz's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" may be read in its entirety by clicking HERE.