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Diane Panozzo

Diane Panozzo graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English, theatre and education and received her Master’s degree from University of Montana in Interdisciplinary Studies.  Her Master’s Thesis/Project: a screenplay titled: The Silver Lining was a finalist at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992. She was in an Innovative program at University of Montana and worked with professors from Harvard’s Project Zero and Arts Propel; Dr. Elliot Eisner from Stanford on Qualitative Research; Dr. Sheldon White, expert on Situated Classrooms from Yale; Dr. Michael Cole, translator of the Vygotskian Texts from UCSD; Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi from University of Chicago; and Dr. Maxine Greene from Columbia Teacher’s College was her mentor during her work at University of Montana. She is an educator, poet and writer. She lives on the XX Ranch in Tie Siding and she teaches classes in Laramie for the UW Honors College. She teaches the Freshman English Colloquium and an upper-level class; The Empire Writes Back: Post-Colonial Studies with the focus on Africa.  She has taught in Wyoming for over 30 years as IB and AP English teacher, drama teacher/director, speech and debate teacher/coach, and creative writing teacher. Her students have won several State Speech titles, State Drama awards and Creative Writing awards. She was the first Master Teacher at the University of Wyoming’s Art Museum in 2008. She has received numerous teaching awards and co-authored an essay on teaching with former UW Professor Kelly Belanger. She studied with the former Colorado Poet Laureate, Editor of the Colorado Review and poetry professor at CSU: Bill Tremblay, and with UNLV poet, Claudia Keelan.

She has won literary recognitions from the Wyoming Arts Council; in 2003 she was awarded a literary prize in poetry; in 2010, 2013, 2016 she won honorable mentions in nonfiction, and in 2012, she won honorable mention in fiction.  She has taught creative writing at the high school level for over twenty-five years. She was the originator of the Words Worth Symposium, which ran for fifteen years bringing professional writers to Laramie County School District No. 1 to work with students on their writing. She presented the first poetry slams for kids in Cheyenne at Joe Pages Bookstore.  She was nominated for the Governor’s Arts Awards in 2003 for her work with students’ writing. She is currently working on a series of short stories set on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

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