September 8, 2022
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Dianne Aprile is the author of four books, including a collaboration with the late Louisville artist Julius Friedman--an anthology of texts and fine art photographs, titled The Book--and with Indiana printmaker Mary Lou Hess on The Eye is Not Enough.
With a special interest in the intersection of words and visual imagery, Dianne has also collaborated with visual artists on book projects, gallery shows, Zoom classes and in-person workshops. After 13 years living in the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband Ken Shapero moved back to Louisville in spring 2022. She’s the recipient of a Hedgebrook Women Writers Residency on Whidbey Island, a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship and was one of 12 Pacific Northwest writers selected in 2019 for Jack Straw Writers Program. She has received fellowships, grants, awards and residencies from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the Society of Professional Journalists and others. Her poetry and essays have appeared in anthologies, journals, and in newspapers, including an essay on living in Kirkland, WA, the site of the first major outbreak of Covid-19 in the US. She was twice nominated for a Pushcart, both times with excerpts for her memoir in progress. During her 30-year career as a journalist, she was a Sunday columnist, an arts writer/ reviewer and part of a The Courier-Journal team that won a staff Pulitzer Prize in 1989. She was also co-owner of a downtown Louisville jazz club with her husband for five years. Since its inception in 2001, Dianne has taught on the faculty of Spalding University’s Naslund-Mann School of Writing.
Lisa Dordal is a Writer in Residence in the Vanderbilt University English Department and is the author of Mosaic of the Dark, which was a finalist for the 2019 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, Water Lessons (April 2022), and Next Time You Come Home (forthcoming 2023), all from Black Lawrence Press. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best-of-the-Net nominee and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Robert Watson Poetry Prize, and the Betty Gabehart Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in The Sun, Narrative, Image, The New Ohio Review, Best New Poets, Greensboro Review, RHINO, Ninth Letter, and CALYX.
For more information about Lisa and her work, visit her website: www.lisadordal.com.