Open the book of spells again,
distillation of hope and prayer.
* “Oxford scholar Diana Whitney’s gorgeous collection on the power of desire is the pillow talk poetry book. Wanting It hit the Indie bestseller list this fall and continues to scratch that erotic itch for readers who love honest, beautiful language with an edgy, literary twist.” – The Huffington Post
* “Nature is an open channel to the sensual world in Wanting It, making way for one of the many pleasures of this text. Through these poems, sensuality approaches what Helene Cixous calls “a real liberation of sexuality…” The bold, unashamed lyric of that sexuality and desire is part of this work’s strength.”
– Gulf Coast Magazine
*”The strongest poem, “Wanting It,” begins the themes of womanhood, the violence of desire, and the contradictions between what the world wants from us and what we can give. Whitney’s repetition of “wanting it” sends a cold wave through the stanzas… Her images punch us.” – Coal Hill Review
* “Whitney opens her soul to anyone who cares to dive through the pages of self-discovery and resurface with a fresh understanding of themselves and of others. Wanting It is an impressive debut book from a poet with a firm grasp on the essence of human nature.” – Glassworks Magazine
*”In the search for impassioned meaning, Wanting It charts the earthy, epic struggle and glory of a woman’s becoming.” –The Brattleboro Reformer
* “Hot tip: Wanting It, by Brattleboro-based Diana Whitney, is a volume of poems that may make you beg for more. This debut from Brownsville’s Harbor Mountain Press burns with intensity and observations clarified by desire.” – Seven Days
* Fellow Vermonters may appreciate Whitney’s explanation of the book’s query: “How do we get through the internal darkness mirroring the external darkness?” “Darkness” is a recurrent theme in Whitney’s writing. In her essays on parenting — which have appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer, the Rutland Herald, the Boston Globe, and at The Huffington Post — she often mentions the place where “motherhood rendered her mute: there was no poetry in ‘the baby cave.’”
– The Commons
* “‘The woman who speaks here is many, is one. These are not exactly poems about coming of age, but rather about coming into the world, each poem stepping into a new arc of self-discovery. “It” is also that deep-seated desire to go forth and experience. There’s wonder and pain. We’re “bracing / for the long haul.”’ – Winter Tangerine Review
GRANTS & AWARDS
* Three poems selected as finalists for the 2019 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, judged by Natalie Diaz.
*Diana chosen as a writing fellow for the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, 2017 & 2019
* Wanting It wins the 2015 Rubery International Book Award in poetry.
“Wanting It is a gorgeous collection of poems rendering the experience of American life in a vivid and personal way.”- Rubery panel of judges
* Diana receives a writing grant from the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, August 2015.
* Diana’s poem “Curiosity” wins the 2015 Women’s National Book Association poetry prize.
“‘Curiosity’. . reaches out what I call a ‘long arm’ and scoops in a lot that all resonates beautifully together. It has unpredictability, surprise, and lots of what Tony Hoagland calls “thingitude.” It’s personal and cosmic, intimate and grand, and trashy and complex.” – Ellen Bass
* Diana receives a Promise Award in poetry from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Spring 2015.
“Diana Whitney’s poems offer Polaroid- vivid images of family life, school days, and summer fishing trips, but they are always real, never romanticized.” – The Sustainable Arts Foundation
* Wanting It is short-listed for the 2014 Julie Suk Award for the Best Poetry Book published by an independent press in 2014.
INTERVIEWS & FEATURES
* POETS SPEAK: interview with Vermont Poet Laureate, Chard deNiord
* Interview about bisexuality & queerness on “Out in the Open Radio Hour”
* New poem featured on “Read to Me” podcast
* Author interview on Vermont PBS: Poets and Their Craft series
* Author interview with Pen Parentis literary salon
*Author interview in Mud Season Review
* TV interview on “Day by Knight” for CATV
* Diana is named the first poetry columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle!
* Author Profile on Literary Mama.
* TV Interview on WCAX News’ Books Over Breakfast
* Diana featured as a yogi-poet in Rogue Agent Journal‘s column “In My Other Life I…”
* The Poetry of Place: Interview on WGDR Radio.
* Wanting It ranked number-one Poetry Bestseller at Small Press Distribution!
* “Whitney ’95 Publishes First Poetry Book” -interview in The Dartmouth
* “Mount Greylock Grad Returns to Read Best-selling Poems” -iBerkshires interview
*“Poetry That Shines: Wanting It at the Brattleboro Literary Festival” –Rutland Herald interview
*Author interview and poetry reading on the Green Mountain Mornings show, WKVT.
* Wanting It featured on Community Wellness Radio.
* Wanting It featured in Yankee Magazine in an essay on Greensboro, VT.
* Wanting It in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.