Lucy Diamond Biederman is an assistant professor of English at Heidelberg University, in Tiffin, Ohio. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where she specialized in creative writing and American literature. Her first book, The Walmart Book of the Dead, won the 2017 Vine Leaves Press Vignette Award and was a finalist in the fantasy category for the 2017 Foreword Book of the Year.
She is the author of four poetry chapbooks, As Yet (Country Music, 2014), As I Walked Into the Middle of the Night Squinting (Red Bird Press, 2013), The Hardest Part is Done (Grey Book Press, 2013), and The Other World (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her poems, creative nonfiction essays, and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, BOMBlog, The Laurel Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, and other literary journals. Her critical articles have published in The Emily Dickinson Journal, The Henry James Review, Studies in the Literary Imagination, and Women’s Studies, and in the books Insane Devotion: On the Writing of Gerald Stern (Trinity U P, 2016; ed. by Mihaela Moscaliuc) and A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race (U of Georgia P, 2015; ed. by Laura McCullough). She is a regular reviewer for Jewish Book World.
Her research and teaching interests include hybrid and experimental writing, creative writing (poetry and prose), American women writers, poetry and poetics, African-American literature, Jewish American literature, 19th-century American literature, and professional and technical writing.
She graduated from George Mason University’s MFA program in poetry in 2010. She was a finalist for the 2013 Best of the Net Anthology, and her poetry has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize (2013 and 2015). She has received fellowships and scholarships from the Jewish Arts and Culture Lab, George Mason, the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the University of Michigan. Her poetry manuscript has been a semifinalist/honorable mention for several book prizes, including the St. Lawrence Book Prize (Black Lawrence Press), the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize (Persea Press), and Coconut Books’s Joanna Cargill First Book Prize.
Her email address is lucydiamondb at yahoo dot com.