After closing her award-winning gallery of thiDiane Strings Reading 2rty-three years, Detroit native Diane DeCillis found herself knee-deep in her second career as an author. Before she could blink, her premier poetry collection, Strings Attached, was named a 2015 Michigan Notable Book. It is also the winner of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Poetry, as well as a finalist for the Indie Fab Award for Poetry. Even the cover design for Strings Attached has been recognized as one of the very best at the 2015 Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Book, Jacket and Journal Show.

In Diane’s words: “Having had the pleasure of owning an art gallery for many years, my writing is influenced not only by the art, but by the artists and the impulse for creating it.  Reaching out to be all that is human and allowing oneself to be vulnerable is a process that touches the deepest part of us. I find this especially true of surrealism, expressionism, and abstract expressionism in art. For me, these paintings are the essence of poetry. The subtext of angst and loss expressed with color and movement evoke universal emotions with a special kind of beauty. I write every morning. The blank page asks a question and the pen looks for answers. Like pentimento, the reappearance of an earlier painting that had been covered over by a later painting, I seek to get beneath the layers to find the image that waits to be discovered. Food, psychoanalysis, pop culture, music, and science are also themes that make their way to the page.”



09/01/15   “In the Bathroom with Barbara Walters,” Reunion: The Dallas Review

07/31/15 “In the Garden of the Universe,” Forge Journal

03/18/14  “Room Full Of Children Staring At Me,” Broad River Review

07/12/13  “Velvet Elvis In The Closet,” Knee-Jerk Magazine

11/29/11  “Body Language,” “Mother Back Then,” “What Would Hitchcock Do?” The MacGuffin

05/13/11  “Punch-Drunk Love,” Slipstream

03/07/11  “Nest,” A Gathering of the Tribes

05/17/10  “The Theory of Everything,” PMS poemmemoirstory

04/12/10  “La Vie En Gris,” Evansville Review

04/09/10  “Foreboding Frog,” Ellipsis: Literature and Art

01/08/10  “The Meaning Of Life,” “Last Night I Dreamed I Stole The Croissants,” Schuylkill Valley Journal Of The Arts

11/17/09  “Foreboding Frog,”Old Red Kimono

11/16/09  “Margin Of Error,” G.W. Review

10/13/09  “Planetary Biology At Beaumont Hospital,” CHEST

09/30/09  “Seeing Like Cezanne,” “Yellow According To Rilke,” The MacGuffin

03/05/09  “Happy-Go-Lucky,” Westview

02/03/09  “Defitato,” Cadillac Cicatrix

07/29/08  “In A Dream My Skin,” “The Man Who Lost His Words,” North Atlantic Review

07/21/08   “Quiet Rooms,” CALYX Journal

06/18/08  “Mr. Right,” Pisgah

06/03/08  “Lost on The Champs-Élysées,” Spillway

05/01/08  “The Grammar of Memory,” Cape Rock

04/24/08  “A Muscato Grape Spills Forth,” Willard & Maple

02/13/08  “Pose,” “Guilt Masquerades As Pleasure at The Venetian Ball Of Dreams,” Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine

09/13/08  “The Courtesan,” “Cubist Still Life,” “Pickled Walnuts,” “Postcards Of Home and Homesick,” The MacGuffin

12/03/07  “Yellow,” “Anesthesia Awareness,” Soundings East

11/13/07  “Physics For Dummies (In 3D),” Scriblerus Press Anthology on String Theory

11/07/07  “Physics For Dummies (In 3D),” Red Cedar Review

10/02/07  “Sleeping In A Twisted Nightgown,” Slipstream

05/30/07  “The Wound as Invitation.”

04/23/07  “Falling In Love At The Speed Of The William Tell Overture,” Flint Hills Review

04/18/07  “Grape Leaves,” Drumvoices Revue

04/17/07  “The Freudian Code,” Studio One

04/09/07  “When Pop Artists Write Poetry,” Eureka Literary Magazine

02/05/07  “To Be Fed,” Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review

12/26/06  “The Way You Look,” Yalobusha Review

12/08/06  “Magritte’s Mother’s Nightgown,” Connecticut Review

11/07/06  “To Lean,”  Zone 3

10/10/06  “How To Fall Gently From The Precarious Pedestal,” Primavera

09/12/06  “Anatomy Lessons,” Praxis: Gender & Cultural Critiques

05/30/06  “Missing Ingredients,” Gastronomica

03/07/06  “Music From Another Room,” Sanskrit

01/30/06  “Bake Off!” Southern Indiana Review

08/11/05  “Art History with Tree,” “When The Hand Becomes A Footnote,” “An Orgasm Is A Terrible Thing To Waste,” “Ignore The Orange,” “Music From Another Room,” The MacGuffin

08/02/05  “An Unkindness of Ravens,” Crucible

07/13/05  “Evolution of Skin,” “How She Loves The Sea,” Confluence

04/20/05  “Artemisia Absinthium,” Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review

03/08/05  “Parting Down The Middle,” William and Mary Review

02/08/05  “How To Fall Gently From The Precarious Pedestal”

02/08/05  “Evolution Of Skin,” Madison Review

02/08/05  “Agoraphobia Contrapuntal,” Puerto del Sol

12/13/04  “Dreams Of My Father,” Poet Lore

10/18/04  “How To Fall Gently From The Precarious Pedestal,” Meridian Anthology of Contemp. Poetry

06/26/04  “Fish Feel Pain,” Green Hills Literary Lantern

06/22/04  “Creation Of The Birds,” Sulphur River Literary

06/14/04 “The Work Of Seeds,” Heartlands

04/27/04  “Weeping Women,” South Carolina Review

03/23/04  “Describing The Taste Of Water,” “Lee Miller’s Father,” South Dakota Review

10/28/03  “How Much Freedom Do You Give The Fly You Caught for A Pet?” “When You Cannot Sleep,” Full Circle Journal

09/03/03  “A Day At The Lake With Gertrude Stein,” Gargoyle

08/19/03  “Opera Buffa,” Rattle

07/18/03  “Childhood Revisited As a Musical,” “Looking For Stephen Dunn,” Nimrod International Journal

06/27/03  “Origami Pantoum,” Eclipse

01/01/03  “Arranged Marriage,” “Tonight I Can Write The Saddest Lines,” The MacGuffin


2015 Winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Poetry

2015 Winner of the Michigan Notable Book Award for my debut poetry collection: Strings Attached

2014 Poem NPR-featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac

2014 Pushcart Nomination for Strings Attached

2012 Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series—voted one of The Best Venues for Spoken Word and Poetry Readings in Detroit by CBS News Detroit

2011 Pushcart nomination for Chopin with Cherries

2008 Pushcart nomination by The MacGuffin

2007 Nominated Best American Poetry by The MacGuffin

2006 Ocean Prize for Poetry

2005 Winner of the MacGuffin National Poet Hunt

2005 Crucible Poetry Prize, Barton College