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About Diane Raptosh


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(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.”