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About Diane Raptosh


[email protected]
(208) 459-5892
Strahorn Hall, 313


Poetry writing, criminal justice studies  

Personal Statement

Teaching: I teach a wide range of courses, ranging from basic writing to the literature of medicine. I teach the poetry writing workshop (upper- and lower-division) and the First Year Seminar, along with a variety of special topics courses, such as the Seminar on Adrienne Rich, Prose and Cons: Prison Literature, and The Prison Experience. The latter two courses serve the College's three Criminal Justice Studies minors and provide opportunities for students to learn first-hand about prisons and prison life through field trips to local prisions and jails as well as through exposure to literature by and about inmates. I have continuing interests in writing as a rehabilitative tool and frequently place students in internships in which they facilitate writing workshops for underserved populations. In my capacity as Boise's poet laureate, I hope to give poetry workshops in such places.

Creative Work: I write in such hybrid forms as prose poetry and flash fiction in addition to verse. I see poetry as primarily a mode of inquiry: every poem as a means to revise social, cultural, and aesthetic norms; every poem, an opportunity to reconceive the world. I have been awarded three distinguished fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Among other honors, I have been the featured artist on "Art and Soul Public Radio Stories: American Masterpieces Celebrates Selected Idaho Artists, Writers, and Performers."

Hobbies: I love to read and travel. I enjoy a wide range of music and offbeat films.


Professional Experience

The College of Idaho, Professor of English, 1990-present

Director of The College of Idaho's Criminal Justice Minors

Residency in the Literary Arts, The Studies of Key West, 2012

Residency in the Literary Arts, Banff Centre, 2011

Featured Writer on "The Writers Block," Boise Community Radio, 2011.

Presenter, "Prison Pedagogies: Teaching and Writing Behind Bars:" AWP Conference, 2010.

Featured Artist on "Art and Soul Public Radio Stories: American Masterpieces Celebrates Selected Idaho Artists, Writers, and Performers," Fall 2009.

Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, Boise High School, Boise Idaho:  Judge 2006-2013



  • M.F.A., University of Michigan
  • B.A., The College of Idaho


  American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press, 2013)
  Parents from a Different Alphabet (Guernica Editions, Toronto, 2008)
  Labor Songs (Guernica Editions, Toronto, 1999)
  Just West of Now (Guernica Editions, Toronto, 1992, repr. 1995)
  The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Woman Poets (The Backwaters Press, 2013): Rugged Western Individualism."
  Classifieds: An Anthology of Prose Poems (equinox Publishing, 2012): ten poems.
  New Poets of the American West (Many Voices Press, 2010): "Husband."
  Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting (City Works Press, 2010): "Elations."
  The Meadowland Review: poem from Torchie's Book of Days.
  Los Angeles Review, 2008: "Garden Variety."
  Best Poem ( "Elations."
  Fraglit: An Online Magazine of Fragmentary Writing (, March 2007: "At the Symposium on the Necessity of Beauty," "Husband," "World Affairs," "Story Problem," "Flight Choreography," "Affliction," and "Betrayal."
  Latitudes, Summer 2007: “Great Books.”
  "O Canada: A Brief Study of Talk, Trade, and the Eavesdroppable." American Review of Canadian Studies, 2009.
  “On Need and Satiety: Some Meditations on Being a Mother Twice,” Families: The Front Line of Pluralism, Wising Up Press, 2008.
  Beyond the Margin: Readings in Italian/Americana, Farleigh Dickinson Press, 1998: “Sentences of Self and Blood and Sea: The Poetry of Sandra M. Gilbert.”