Although born in the United States, Diana Woodcock has spent the best part of her life living abroad—nearly eight years in Asia and the past seven in Qatar. In 2010 she won first place in the Vernice Quebodeaux “Pathways” Poetry Prize, by Little Red Tree Publishing. Her third chapbook, In the Shade of the Sidra Tree, was published in 2010 (Finishing Line Press). Her first two chapbooks were published in 2009: Mandala, by Foothills Publishing as part of its Poets for Peace series; and Travels of a Gwai Lo by Toadlily Press, whose editors nominated the title poem for a Pushcart Prize. In 2009, she 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, she has had poems published in Best New Poets 2008 (selected by Mark Strand),Nimrod, Crab Orchard Review, Portland Review and other journals and anthologies. Currently teaching as Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, and Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, she has lived and worked in Tibet, Macau and Thailand.