Katy Didden
Katy Didden
Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing
Curriculum Vitae


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Katy Didden is poet with a special interest in the relationship between text and image; the history of the elegy; and poetry and the environment. Her first book, The Glacier’s Wake, won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize from Pleiades Press, and was published in 2013. She is currently working on a manuscript of mixed media erasure poems titled “The Lava on Iceland,” and she was awarded a new faculty grant from Ball State to conduct research in Iceland in the summer of 2016.

She has published work in journals such as Ecotone, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Image, Poetry, 32 Poems, and The Kenyon Review, and her poems have been featured on Verse Daily and Poetry Daily. She also publishes reviews and interviews where she explores topics such as erasure poetry, elegies (and self-elegies), and ekphrastic poetry. You can find links to my work on my website.

She earned her MFA from the University of Maryland, and her PhD from the University of Missouri. Her work has been recognized with fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and she held the 2013-2014 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. She has served as poetry editor for The Missouri Review, and is currently working as assistant poetry editor for Memorious magazine. She also serves on the advisory board for Pleiades Press.

Professional Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor

University of Oregon MFA Program, Fall 2014

Hodder Fellow

Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Micah Program, St. Louis University, Fall 2011-Spring 2013

Curriculum Vitae

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University of Missouri, 2011 MFA University of Maryland, 2003


Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1995

Research and Publications

  • The Glacier’s Wake (Pleiades Press, 2013)