Newman University professor takes top prize in poetry contest

Jul 01, 2010

Newman University Professor of English Bryan Dietrich, Ph.D. recently received an award for poetry from Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine. Readers of the magazine vote annually for their favorite selections from the previous year. Dietrich’s poem “Edgar Allan Poe” took the top honor in the Best Poem category.

The award was presented Saturday, May 15 during the 2010 Nebula Awards weekend in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Dietrich has published many literary works in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He is the author of a book-length study on comics, Wonder Woman Unbound, and six books of poems:  Krypton Nights, Universal Monsters, Prime Directive, Love Craft, The Assumption, and The Monstrance. He is also co-editor of Drawn to Marvel, the world’s first anthology of superhero poetry.

Dietrich has also published poems in The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, Yale Review, Shenandoah, Open City, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Witness, Weird Tales, and many other journals. He is the recipient of The Paris Review Poetry Prize, the Isotope Editors’ Prize, and a Rhysling Award, and has been nominated multiple times for both the Pushcart and the Pulitzer Prizes.

In addition to teaching writing and literature courses at Newman, Dietrich organizes the Newman University Literary Festival, an annual event featuring guest authors, the presentation of papers and literature by writers of all levels, panel discussions and movies.

Dietrich lives in Wichita, Kan., with his wife Gina and their son, Nick.