Diana Delgado '08 Named Literary Director at the University of Arizona

September 6, 2018

Poetry alumna Diana Delgado '08 was recently appointed the new Literary Director of the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona.


“So many things excite me about this role!" Delgado said in a recent interview with Sarah Gzemski of 1508, the Poetry Center’s blog, "But the one that most immediately comes to mind is the opportunity to work toward bridging the diversity that Arizona is known for with the center’s programming and participation. The center is well known for its inclusive practices, but [I’m] thinking, how can we excite a broader population?”


Delgado also has a full-length poetry collection forthcoming with BOA Editions in 2019 titled, Tracing the Horse. “My first poetry collection, Tracing the Horse, is about growing up Mexican-American in Southern California—the challenges I experienced and the conflicts we all encounter in tight-knit families. It’s an autobiography written in the tradition of surrealism, so it’s definitely an alternative narrative to more traditional coming-of-age manuscripts,” she said.


Delgado’s chapbook, Late­Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust, won the 2015 Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, which was judged by renown poet, Cornelius Eady.


In addition to being a poet, Delgado is also a playwright and director. She wrote the one-act play, After the Fire, and the stage plays, People to Run From, Dead Roses, and Women of the Opposite Sex. Her work has been published in Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and Fourteen Hills. In 2017, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowship in Poetry. She is a member of CantoMundo and Macondo writing communities.