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Convocation: Bryan Dietrich on a Life in Poetry

Bryan D. Dietrich is the author of a book-length study on comics, Wonder Woman Unbound, and six books of poems:  Krypton Nights, Universal Monsters, Prime Directive, Love Craft,  The Assumption, and The Monstrance.  He is also co-editor of Drawn to Marvel, the world’s first anthology of superhero poetry.

He has published poems in The New YorkerThe NationPoetryPloughsharesPrairie SchoonerThe Paris ReviewThe Harvard ReviewYale ReviewShenandoahOpen CityAsimov’s Science FictionWitnessWeird Tales, and many other journals.  Having won The Paris Review Poetry Prize, a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a Writers at Work Fellowship, the Isotope Editors’ Prize, an Asimov's Reader's Choice Award, a Rhysling Award, and the Eve of St. Agnes Prize, Bryan is a five-time finalist for the Yale Younger Poets Series and has been nominated multiple times for both the Pushcart and the Pulitzer. 

He lives in Wichita, Kansas with his wife Gina and their son, Nick.  Professor of English at Newman University, Bryan grew up watching classic horror movies and dreaming of becoming a comic book artist.  He remains conflicted about choosing a tenure-track job over a chance to be an extra in Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks, but is comforted by several facts:  the first person to be abducted in Aliens is named Dietrich, the composer for the original Mummy was named Dietrich, and the Kecksburg UFO incident occurred in December of 1965, just before Bryan was born.  Further inferences are welcome.

Earlier Event: March 28
Battle of the Books!