Diane Zinna, 45th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Diane Zinna

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



University Theatre and Online

Author/Artist Bio

Diane Zinna is the author of THE ALL-NIGHT SUN (Random House, 2020) which was longlisted for The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and the Cabell First Novelist Award. She received her MFA from the University of Florida and was the longtime membership director for AWP, The Association of Writers & Writing Programs. There, she created the Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, helping to match more than six hundred writers over twelve seasons. She is also the creator of Grief Writing Sundays, a popular writing class on telling difficult stories that has met every week since the start of the pandemic. Diane is the recipient of an ArtsFairfax Artist Grant, and beginning Fall 2022, she will be the Darden Professor of Creative Writing at Old Dominion University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming at Electric Literature, LiteraryHub, Brevity, Monkeybicycle, and Eat, Darling, Eat. Diane lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband, daughter, and doodle.


The reading, scheduled to take place on Monday, October 3, at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre and online, was cancelled because of a university closing due to tidal flooding.


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