Dianna’s Vitae

Curriculum Vitae                           DIANNA MACKINNON HENNING P.O. Box 184/Janesville, CA  e: dmackinnon@citlink.net                                                                          Web-Site: www.diannahenning.com EDUCATION: Master of Fine Arts in Writing ‘89, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT English Major, California State University, Sacramento, 1984-1987 Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO—Apprenticeship with Allen Ginsberg John Abbott College, Kirkland, Quebec, Canada, 1972-1973 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 1994-2012                                 Facilitator for the Thompson Peak Writers’ Workshop. May of 2008                             Participant in California Council Stories for the Humanities Grant Taught creative-writing to Native American participants at the Rancheria in Susanville and work was collected for an anthology entitled Small Moments in Times which I co-edited. 2003-2004                                 Substitute Teacher 2004-2005                                Arts Grant, Janesville School, CA 1903                                            WebCT, English 10 Instructor, Feather River College 1999 - 2002                               Recipient of a California Arts Council Residency DIAMOND VIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL, Susanville, CA Spring ‘99                                  Instructor, Part Time, English Department LASSEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Susanville, CA Oct. 93 - May ‘98                   Artist-Facilitator for Arts-In-Corrections CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONAL CENTER, Susanville, CA Responsible for directing a prison art department which includes visual arts, drama, music, creative writing, and includes supervision/training of contract artist instructors and inmate clerks.  Responsible for overall vision of Arts in Corrections. July ‘89 - Aug ‘93                    Artist-in-Residence OLD FOLSOM PRISON & CALIFORNIA STATE PRISON, Sacramento WILLIAM JAMES ASSOCIATION - PRISON ARTS PROJECT Developed and presented workshops in Language Arts, Creative Writing for Old Folsom inmates.  This included poetry, essays, the short story and playwriting. One inmate script resulted in top state-wide award and was produced in L.A. SPECIAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT FOLSOM:
  • Started creative-writing libraries at both Old and New Folsom Prisons
  • Invited nationally recognized writers for workshops, including William Matthews & Dennis Schmitz
  • Students’ work won awards in statewide competitions, their work published in national magazines
  • Produced broadsides of student work
  • Produced Rivers, anthology of prison writing through Sacramento Poetry Center, Sacramento, CA
April ‘90 - June ‘93                  Artist-in-Residence for WJA & CAC, AIR, Multi-Residency STOCKTON YOUTH AUTHORITY, Stockton, CA Developed and presented workshops in Creative Writing for O.H. Close School. This included the writing of poetry and the short story. 1982 - 1985                               Area Coordinator – California Poets in the Schools Supervised three poet-teachers, screened applications, coordinated meetings with school administrators, trained new poet-teachers, wrote and managed all aspects of program, including grant/funding requirements, and directed public relations. 1982 - 1989                               Poet-Teacher – California Poets in the Schools Developed curriculum for Poetry and Creative Writing courses in the Nevada County School District for grades three through twelve. Also taught writing workshops and literature classes for students at Nevada Union High and Colfax High Schools, and conducted Poetry Workshops for Chana High School and Ophir Elementary School near Auburn. PUBLICATIONS, In Part: FutureCycle, 2012; Blue Fifth Notebook, 2012; Ginosko, 2012; Poetry Now,  2012; Blue Fifth Review, 2011; Poetry Now, 2011; Consumnes River Journal, Spring 201;Manzanita, Poetry & Prose of the Mother Lode, 2010; Poetry Now, 2010; Canary, a CA Environmental e-zine, 2010; The Meadow, 2010; Tule Review, 2010; California Quarterly, ‘09; Psychological Perspectives ’09; FutureCycle ‘09; Tiger’s Eye Press, 2009; Red Rock Review, 2009; Poetry Now, 2009; Hawai’i Pacific Review’s,The Best of the Decade, 1998 to 2007 Anthology; Poetry International, 2007; Leaves by Night, Flowers by Day, 2007; Ginosko, ’07; Ash Canyon Review 2006; Seattle Review ‘06; Swink Magazine, (on-line); Blue Fifth Review,(on-line); Fugue; Asheville Poetry Review; The Louisville Review; Blueline Anthology; Hawai’i Pacific Review; The Mid-America Poetry Review; 88, A Journal Of Contemporary American Poetry; Red Rock Review, 2006; Moon Journal 2005; Connecticut River Review 2004; Suisun Valley Review, 2004; California Quarterly, #30 2004; The Blueline Anthology, 2004; The Mid-America Poetry Review, Spring 2004; HazMat Review, 2004; South Dakota Review, 2003; Poet’s Corner Press, Best Poetry, 2004; 88, A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, 2002; Psychological Perspectives, 2002; South Dakota Review, 2002; Hawaii Pacific Review, 2002; Fugue, 2001; HAZMat Review, 2001; The Sacramento Anthology: One Hundred Poems, Sept. 2001; The Larcom Review, A Journal of the Arts ’01. Literature of New England, Spring/Summer 2001; The Red Rock Review, Summer 2001; “Words, Like Stone,” The Mid-American Poetry Review, 2001;  Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry, 2001; Peregrine Press, 20th Anniversary, 2001;  Crazyhorse, 2000. HONORS AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: *  “The Broken Bone Tongue,” published by Black Buzzard Press ‘09 *    Read Nov. 30th 2010 for the Sacramento Poetry Center’s series & signed books *    Poets & Writers Workshop Grant for Native Americans Nov. 2008 *    Spearheaded a LCC Poets & Writers Grant for National Poetry Month, Writing Festival ‘08                  *     Finalist in Russian Writers’ Exchange ‘07 *     Nominated for a Pushcart Prize ’06 by the Hawai’i Pacific Review Awarded Sundance Bookstore TMCC Scholarship April, 2005 Book “The Tenderness House” published by Poets’ Corner Press, Stockton, CA 2004
  • Guest Workshops for Art & Poetry April & May 2004, Janesville School, CA
  • Featured Guest Poet, Creative Writing Workshop Leader, Literary Contest Judge & Reader, April 15 to April 17th 2004 through Plumas County Arts Commission/Feather River College
  • Reader for National Poetry Month, April 2004
  • Reader for National Poetry Month, April 2003
  • Panelist, California Arts Council, Feb. 2001
  • Reader for National Poetry Month, April, 2001 & April 2002, Lassen County Arts Council
  • Reader, Nevada County Poetry Series, March 2001, Poets & Writers
  • First Place Winner, Event Horizon’s 1st Book Award—“The Everlasting”
  • 1994 Fellowship to the Dublin Writers’ Centre, Ireland, sponsored by Eastern Washington University
CRITICAL STUDIES: Critical essay, “A Sudden Flaming Word,” on William B. Yeats, published in Psychological Perspectives, 25th Anniversary Reflections, Issue Thirty-One, 1995 Delivered Conference Paper, 20th Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, 1990, “Alfonsina Storni: A Passionate Pilgrimage from a Feminist Perspective” Critical Essay, “Shards of Childhood Memory”: A Study of Elizabeth Bishop, Pembroke Magazine, Pembroke University, North Carolina, 1990 Critical Essay, “A Case for a Healing Poetic: A Study of Alan Ginsburg and Other Contemporary Poets,” Poet News, Sacramento, 1987

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