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Dianna Henning's Biography

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Sep 2010

Dianna Henning participated in a ’08 California Council for the Humanities Stories Grant and taught creative writing to Native Americans at the Susanville CA Rancheria—Maidu, Pit River and Paiute—developing their stories & poems. She helped develop an anthology of Lassen County writers: Small Moments in Time. She also read through Poets &  Writers for National Poetry Month, and spearheaded a creative writing festival for National Poetry Month at Lassen Community College and at Lassen Land & Trails. Dianna facilitates a creative writing workshop in her home, the Thompson Peak Writers’ Workshop, and has been doing so for fourteen years.

She taught poetry for many years through the William James Association’s Prison Arts Project at Folsom Prison, Stockton Youth Authority and CA State Prison, Sacramento and through California Poets in the Schools, as well as though several California Arts Council grants. She was also awarded a Poets & Writers’ Dec.08 workshop grant and again worked with Native Americans at the Rancheria in Susanville, CA. She is a full member of PEN Writers and the Academy of American Poets.

Henning was selected by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s Poet Laureate Committee for “All Poets on Deck”—a project to pay homage to first-wave area poets and to encourage literary awareness. Henning has published in, to name a few: Seattle Review; Fugue; Lullwater Review; The Louisville Review; Blueline Anthology; Asheville Poetry Review; Poetry International; Ginosko (on-line); Poetry Now; South Dakota Review; Crazyhorse; Poetry Now; The Montserrat Review; Psychological Perspectives; Pembroke Magazine; Poems & Plays; Blue Fifth Review (on-line) and in Hawai’i Pacific Review’s “Best of the Decade 1992-2007. She is anthologized in Leaves by Night, Flowers by Day, the Iowa Source 2006 Poetry Contest. She is also anthologized in several other magazines and literary reviews.

She was recently a Pushcart Prize nominee, nominated by the Hawai'i Pacific Review. Henning holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts ‘89. Her poem “Unearthing the Good” won first place in the Radiant Hen Publishing’s contest 2009 entitled “Growing in Vermont.”

 She and her husband Kam are the owners of a writers’ retreat, Thompson Peak Retreat. www.thompsonpeakretreat.com

Interests & Hobbies

I love to read, play with my malamute, Sakari Clementine, cook, garden and visit friends and family.