Diane Reid :: Summer Preserves - biography image



A guide for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery since September, 2009, Diane is a vital part of Fredericton's vigorous poetry scene. She raised funds for the University of New Brunswick's Alden Nowlan House, selected and supervised its art and poetry installations, and served on its board. Her home is west of the city on Kelly's Creek, a tributary of Canada's historic Wolastok (St. John River).


Region & Grade Level: NB Anglophone West, Grades 6-12

I offer whole-group or one-on-one sessions for students of Journalism, Media Studies, and Canadian Literature including editing; interview skills; book/film reviewing; and how imagery functions in song, film, and advertising. I help students decide how best to tell their stories, show how to take control of punctuation, and teach how to revise with the aim of producing publishable work.

Background: A poet, editor, freelance writer, and writing/reading coach, I reviewed books for the Canadaeast dailies for several years. An English Language Arts specialist by training, I have substitute-taught in New Brunswick schools (1992 to present) and tutored for UNB’s Writing Centre, St. Thomas University’s Writing Centre, and UNB’s Student Accessibility Centre. My public presentations include Guiding Underachievers: Interventions for Student Success (Kaleidoscope Teaching Showcase ’08) and Collaboration in Public Education (McKee Task Force on Mental Health).

Recognition – Shortlisted, The Fiddlehead, Creative Nonfiction Prize, 2023. Summer Preserves (Breton Books, 2012) was nominated for both the Gerald Lampert Award (best first book of poetry in Canada, 2012) and Canada's Griffin Poetry Prize. "The Male Damselfly Speaks" (from Summer Preserves) is featured in the New Brunswick Literature Garden (Fredericton Botanic Garden). Finalist, WFNB Creative Nonfiction Prize (2012), Finalist x 2, WFNB Individual Poem Competition (2012); Finalist, WFNB Alfred G. Bailey Prize (2011); Arc Poem of the Year shortlist x 4; ArtsNB creation grant; Nominee (Atlantic Canada), Sr. Women Academic Administrators of Canada Award of Merit; M.A. graduate assistantship; Nominee, UNB Reisterer Prize for graduate students; three nominations for UNB’s Douglas Gold Medal; Fredericton Foundation scholarship (Maritime Writers’ Workshop, Feature Writing); 2 Bliss Carman Memorial prizes; 2 Lord Beaverbrook Bicentennial scholarships.


Books, Chapbooks & Anthologies - Summer Preserves (Breton Books, 2012), Turkey and Verse: The Season of Fowl Play (2007), The Ezra Pound Encyclopedia (2005), The Common Sky: Canadian Writers Against the War (2003).

Academic Journals, Literary Journals & Newsletters - Atlantis (MSVU), Arc: Canada’s National Poetry Magazine (Ottawa), English Studies in Canada (ACCUTE), The Fiddlehead (Fredericton), Grain (Saskatoon), The Kingsclear Clarion, The Malahat Review (Victoria), NB Ink (Fredericton), QWERTY (Fredericton), Word Reader (Toronto)

Broadcast Media - “A Poetic Affair.” The Live Poets Society Series (1998), CBC Radio One. Many radio and television interviews.

Online Journals, Newspapers, Newsletters & ZinesAtlantis (MSVU), The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton), The Fiddlehead [], NB Ink (Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick), Times & Transcript (Moncton), The Telegraph-Journal (Saint John), Word (Toronto)

Newspapers & MagazinesL’Acadie Nouvelle (Caraquet), The Brunswickan (Fredericton), The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton), The London Free Press (London, ON), The New Brunswick Reader/Salon (Saint John), Our Times: Canada’s Labour Magazine (Toronto), The St. Croix Courier (St. Stephen), The Telegraph-Journal (Saint John), UNB Alumni News (Fredericton)

Photography – "Today's Pick," The Great Canadian Postcard (CBC Literary Awards, August 2011), The Top 100 Canadian Singles by Bob Mersereau (Goose Lane, 2010), The Daily Gleaner, Kingsclear Local Service District, NB Ink, UNB Alden Nowlan Archive [secure site].


Diane Reid :: Sunset, Kelly's Creek, Hanwell, N.B.

Kelly's Creek, Hanwell, N.B.

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