Diane Frank Resumé


M.A. Creative Writing/English, San Francisco State University.

B.A. with Honors in English Composition and Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, Syracuse University.

Teaching Credential: Language Arts and Literature, The California Community Colleges.


  • Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines (Glass Lyre Press, Chicago, 2018).
  • Letters From a Sacred Mountain Place: A Journey Through the Nepal Himalayas (Nirala Publications, New Delhi, 2018).
  • Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace, Co-editor (Glass Lyre Press 2017).
  • River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the Twenty-First Century, Editor (Blue Light Press, San Francisco 2015)
  • Yoga of the Impossible (1st World Library, Fairfield, Iowa, 2014) – Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize
  • Entering the Word Temple (1st World Library, Fairfield, Iowa, 2006).
  • Blackberries in the Dream House (1st World Library, Fairfield, Iowa, 2003) – Winner of the Chelson Award for Fiction in 2003, Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
  • The Winter Life of Shooting Stars. (Blue Light Press, Fairfield, Iowa, 1999) – Two Pushcart Prize Nominations.
  • The All Night Yemenite Café. (Dark River Press: Davenport, Iowa, 1993).
  • Rhododendron Shedding Its Skin. (Blue Light Press: San Francisco, California, 1988).
  • Isis: Poems by Diane Frank. (Project Press: Los Angeles, California, 1982).
  • Anthology publications: Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California (2008), Leaves by Day, Flowers by Day, (2006), Long Island Sounds Anthology (2007-2009), The Dry Land Fish (2004); Voices on the Landscape: Contemporary Iowa Poets (1996); The Book of Eros: Arts and Letters from Yellow Silk (Harmony Books, 1995); Eclipsed Moon Coins: Twenty-Six Visionary Poets (1997). Silk & Spice (Pirene's Fountain 2016).
  • Magazine publications in Blue Unicorn, The Cimmaron Review, Briar Cliff Review, Yellow Silk, Voices International, The Contemporary Review, The Christian Science Monitor, OnTheBus, Museweek, Rattle, The MacGuffin, Kumquat Meringue, Poetrybay, The Urbanite, Gallery Works, Antenna, Syracuse Poems, Night Roses, Alchemy, Worksheet, Maelstrom, The Cutting Edge, The Iowa Source.


  • SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, College of Creative Arts. 2007 - present.
    I teach Poetry, Fiction, Flash Fiction, and Memoir Workshops, using techniques of poetry and fiction in the creation of personal narratives. I also teach Language of the Soul, a cross-genre workshop that uses poetry, fiction and memoir to communicate with the writer’s inner wisdom.
  • DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY, 2010 - present.
    I teach Poetry and Memoir Workshops, using techniques of poetry and fiction in the creation of personal narratives.
    I lead an on-line poetry workshop at the graduate level in eight week sessions. Each workshop has a theme, and helps each writer take a significant step in their skill as a poet and the understanding of what makes a contemporary poem work. Blue Light Press is known for poetry that is imagistic, emotionally honest, and pushes through the imagery to a deeper level of insight. I also direct the San Francisco Summer Writing Workshop.
  • POET IN THE SCHOOL, Middle School and K-8 Programs. 2004 - 2018.
    I lead a poetry workshop for 7 to 12-year-old poets at Brandeis Hillel Day School in San Francisco and middle school students in the Gate Program at Crittenden Middle School in Mountain View. With both groups, I publish a chapbook of their writing.
  • DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL WRITING, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa. Associate Professor, 1985 to 2002. MUM is a small experimental university that blends Eastern and Western philosophy. I taught Poetry Writing, Advanced Poetry Writing, Creative Non-Fiction, Scriptwriting for Multi-Image and Video Production, and Book Writing and Marketing to graduate and undergraduate students in the Professional Writing Program.
  • CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO. English Department. 1985 to 1988.
    I taught basic English and writing courses to freshman and sophomores at City College and worked in the Writing Lab. My students were mainly immigrants, refugees, and educationally disadvantaged students from inner city schools.
  • SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY. Department of Educational Technology. 1985-1988.
    I taught “Scriptwriting for Multi-Image and Video Production” to graduate students.
  • VISTA VOLUNTEER: Middle School Teacher. I taught Creative Writing and Mathematics in Los Angeles.


"Japanese Ink Painting" - Written for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"Footsteps of the Buddha" - Written for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"Images of Shiva" - Written for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"Photographs of the Himalayas" - Solo Exhibit by Diane Frank, Unity Gallery, Fairfield, Iowa. Fifty photographs and thirty-three prose poems.

"Fiestas of San Juan Nuevo" - Documentary written for the Maxwell Museum in Arizona.

"Fiestas of the Azorean Islands" - Written for the Oakland Museum.

"Shapes of '88" - Written for Levi-Strauss Corporation.


Phi Beta Kappa

Chelson Award for Fiction

Nominated for four Pushcart Prizes.

Whiffen Poetry Prize, Syracuse University.

Cressey Book Award in Poetry.

Radio, Television and Bookstore readings include: KPFA, KRON, KCRB, WUKY, WVIK, Bookshop West Portal, Books Inc., Bird & Beckett, Copperfield’s, Readers Books, Open Secret, Borders Books, Barnes & Noble, Joseph Beth Books, The Walt Whitman Birthplace, Milk and Honey, East West Books (New York), Gateways, Dutton Brentwood Books, Café Paradiso, Cover to Cover Bookstore, Keplers, Laurel Book Store, The Valona Deli, Chassman & Bem, Crickets, Noe Valley Poetry.

Founding Director of Noe Valley Poetry, a major reading series in San Francisco.

Director of the “Poets at 8:00” Reading Series in Fairfield, Iowa.

Guest Poet/Critic for the Iowa State Poetry Society Convention.

Writer in Residence at Clackamas Community College in Oregon and the University of Vermont.


Levi-Strauss, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Oakland Museum, The Maxwell Museum of Arizona, Pacific Telephone, Wilderness Travel, Nightingale-Conant, Vital Images, Hawthorne Communications, Inc., California Casualty Insurance Company, The Pacific Asia Travel Association, PackageNet, The City of Vacaville, Ariel Essential Oils, Amrita Aromatherapy, Pelican Pure Water, Fujitsu.


Contra dancing, swing dancing, foreign and art films, ecology, hiking, and international travel.
Cellist in Golden Gate Symphony, 2006 to present.