Assistant Professor of English
I am a poet with a special interest in the relationship between text and image, the history of the elegy, and in poetry and the environment. My first book, The Glacier’s Wake, won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize from Pleiades Press, and was published in 2013. I am currently working on a manuscript of mixed media erasure poems titled “The Lava on Iceland,” and I was awarded a new faculty grant from Ball State to conduct research in Iceland in the summer of 2016.
I have published my work in journals such as Ecotone, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Image, Poetry, 32 Poems, and The Kenyon Review, and I’ve had poems featured on Verse Daily and Poetry Daily. I also publish reviews and interviews where I take on topics such as erasure poetry, elegies (and self-elegies), and ekphrastic poetry. You can find links to my work on my website: www.katydidden.com.
I earned my MFA from the University of Maryland, and my PhD from the University of Missouri. My work has been recognized with fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and I was the 2013-2014 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. I am also interested in literary publishing. In the past, I served as poetry editor for The Missouri Review, and I am currently working as assistant poetry editor for Memorious magazine. I also serve on the advisory board for Pleiades Press.