Dr. Diana G. Woodcock

Associate Professor, English


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Writing and Rhetoric, Creative Writing


  • MFA Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BS Virginia Commonwealth University


Diana Woodcock teaches writing and literature courses for undergraduate students. Most recently she designed and taught an upper-level course entitled Women in Poetry. Currently she is designing a new course on environmental poetry.

Diana recently received the 2010 Vernice Quebodeaux International Poetry Prize for Women. She also received the 2010 Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing 100-word Prose Award.
In 2009, the title poem in her first chapbook, Travels of a Gwai Lo, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She also received first, second and third prizes from Artists Embassy International and an International Publication Award from Atlanta Review. Recipient of the 2007 Creekwalker Poetry Prize, her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2008 and other journals and anthologies. In May 2010, her poetry was exhibited with Li Chevalier’s paintings at the Today Art Museum in Beijing, China. Prior to teaching at VCUQatar she lived and taught in Tibet, Macau and Thailand.

Diana received an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004, after which she immediately joined the English department faculty at VCUQatar. She has received artist residency fellowships from Centrum, MICA/Rochefort-en-Terre, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Everglades National Park. She has been awarded eight VCUQatar Faculty Research Grants and five Faculty Development Grants to do research and to present papers or conduct workshops at conferences in South Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Canada, and the U.S.

Research Interests

  • Two Ecosystems in Crisis: The Arabian Peninsula and the Everglades
  • The Role of Poetry in the Search for an Environmental Ethic
  • How Environmental Rights and Human Rights Converge
  • Women Past and Present Tapping into the Power of Poetry


  1. Woodcock, Diana.  Desert Ecology: Lessons and Visions, Finishing Line Press, 2014.
  2. Woodcock, Diana.  Tamed by the Desert, Finishing Line Press, 2013.
  3. Woodcock, Diana. Swaying on the Elephant’s Shoulders, Little Red Tree Publishing, 2011.
  4. Woodcock, Diana. In the Shade of the Sidra Tree (chapbook), Finishing Line Press, October 2010).
  5. Woodcock, Diana. Mandala (chapbook), Foothills Publishing, 2009.
  6. Woodcock, Diana. Travels of a Gwai Lo (chapbook), Toadlily Press, 2009.