Diane Simmons grew up on a farm in the high, dry country of Eastern Oregon. After earning a BA in history from the University of Oregon, she began her writing career as a journalist in Idaho. Her first investigative piece involved a ponzi schemer in a mink tie and rattlesnake boots; some years later he ended up as "Hank" in the short story, "Little America." Simmons also worked on newspapers in Alaska and Washington. Her newspaper reporter's novel, Let the Bastards Freeze in the Dark about hapless environmental terrorists in pipeline Alaska was published by Simon and Schuster.
She moved to New York City where she earned an MA in creative writing from The City College of New York and where she served as an editor for Fiction magazine. In addition, she earned a Ph.D in English Literature from The City University of New York - Graduate Center. She is a professor of English at City University of New York.
Current writing interests: essays and other non-fiction.
Dreams Like Thunder, set on a farm in Eastern Oregon at the end of the frontier, winner the Oregon Book Award. To be re-issued in 2019 by Red Hen Press.
The Courtship of Eva Eldridge, creative non-fiction, University of Iowa Press, 2016.
Little America, short story collection: life on the road in the West, winner the Ohio State University Prize for Short Fiction.
Short stories have appeared in Fiction Magazine, Northwest Review, Missouri Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Drunken Boat, Blood Orange Review and elsewhere.
Numerous academic articles and the monographs: Maxine Hong Kingston, Jamaica Kincaid, The Narcissism of Empire
Fulbright Fellow Czech Republic - 2018