Diane Thiel

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Date: 2002
Document Type: Biography
Length: 423 words
Content Level: (Level 3)
Lexile Measure: 900L

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About this Person
Born: 1967
Nationality: American
Occupation: Writer

Family: Born May 9, 1967, in Miami, FL; daughter of Bernard and Corrine Thiel; married Constantine Hadjilambrinos, December 17, 1987; Education: Brown University, B.A. 1988, M.F.A., 1990. Memberships: Associated Writing Programs, Poetry Society of America, Academy of American Poets, Phi Beta Kappa. Addresses: Office: English Department, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131.


Brown University, Providence, RI, teaching fellow, 1988-90; University of Miami, Miami, FL, lecturer, 1990-99, visiting poet/assistant professor, 2000-01; Florida International University, Miami, intermittent lecturer, 1992-99. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, assistant professor, 2002--.


Judith Siegel Pearson Award, 1990; Hackney Literary Award for the Short Story, 1991; Robinson Jeffers Award, 1998; Robert Frost Award, 1999; New Millennium Writings Award, 2000; Nicholas Roerich Poetry Award, 2000, for Echolocations; Fulbright scholar, 2001.



  • Cleft in the Wall, Aralia Press (Westchester, PA), 1999.
  • Echolocations, Story Line Press (Ashland, OR), 2000.
  • Writing Your Rhythm: Using Nature, Culture, Form, and Myth, Story Line Press (Ashland, OR), 2001.


Multi-genre creative writing texts, for Addison Wesley Longman; a book of poems set on the black sea.



Many of the poems in Diane Thiel's Echolocations speak frankly about coming to terms with both her German heritage and the lineage of trauma brought on by war and violence. Several relate to her parents' experience mingling cultures and languages, or to their lives before they had children; one poem describes a bedtime story her father told about sleeping alone in the woods as a child during World War II, using rabbit skin and parachute silk for bedding. In Poetry, F. D. Reeve noted Thiel's method in the book of dealing with this difficult history: "A quilt recut and restitched by each participant. The patches are public fields; the seams carry years of careful secrets . . . skill at distancing--moving from a simple, involved moment to a wry, repositioned overview, thereby allowing the emotional experience to endure in the language and to be available to every reader--is evident throughout the book."

Thiel told CA: "I used the word 'Echolocations' as the title for my book because of the multiple meanings it carries. The most obvious meaning refers to the sounds sent out by such creatures as whales to navigate the ocean. I think poets use sound in a similar way--they plumb the depths and explore the world with the music of words. I write both free verse and more formal poems. I find form intriguing because using it broadens the musical possibilities of the language; however, the meeting of form and subject must be an organic process."




  • Hudson Review, summer, 2001, R. S. Gwynn, review of Echolocations, p. 34.
  • Library Journal, January 1, 2001, Ann K. van Buren, review of Echolocations, p. 112.
  • Poetry, June, 2001, F. D. Reeve, review of Echlocations, p. 159.


  • Diane Thiel's Web site, http://www.dianethiel.net/ (July 4, 2002).


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