Diana Lynne Landis, Lynne to her friends, is from North Little Rock, Arkansas where she has resided her entire life save a three month period where she where she lived in Sacramento, CA and another three month period where she lived in New Orleans, LA.
Lynne graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a BSN in 1987 and from the University of Little Rock with a BA in English in 2005. While Lynne is primarily a poet she also writes quite a bit of fiction and looks forward to using both in her MFA program.
Lynne is currently finishing Neil Gaiman’s American Gods which she highly recommends.
When asked what five people she would invite to a dream dinner party, Lynne responded “God, that’s a hard one!” After deliberation she decided on Edna St. Vincent Millay because she had an interesting life, during an interesting time. She would also invite Louis Armstrong and Josephine Baker. She feels she would have to invite William Wordsworth and her mother because she is great with people, funny, smart and Lynne misses her “like crazy.”
Lynne cites numerous influences on her work. She “stumbled upon a book of Millay’s sonnets as a kid and loved them instantly.” She appreciates any writer who can “take her breath away” or “create a character she can feel intensely about, or write a poem or story that she never wants to end.” She is drawn to the work of writers that makes her want to feel a part of the work.
Lynne has too many favorite pieces of literature to name them all. She mentions Millay’s “Love is not All” which is “the epitome of a love poem, but no flowers and hearts leaving it sort of raw.” She loves “Surprised by Joy” and “Michael” by Wordsworth as well as every word of “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. She also loves “Lamb” by Chris Moore. She favors Chuck Palahniuk, especially his Survivor and Invisible Monsters. Lynne truly enjoys The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
Lynne began writing as a child and composed her first poem in third grade. In fifth grade she reacted to the death of a classmate by composing a “poemish” remembrance of him. Whenever she was confused or frightened or sad she wrote about it as a way to express her feelings. This grew into the poetry she currently composes.
Lynne favors Rock and Roll music, but listens to a little bit of everything. Much like her taste in literature she appreciates an eclectic variety of musicians. This is similar to her taste in movies. Among her favorite films are Imitation of Life, The Birdcage, Poltergeist, The Lord of the Rings (the whole trilogy). Her favorite film above all is The Professional with Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, and Natalie Portman.
Lynne has hobbies outside of her literature world. She is an animal lover and enjoys cooking. She loves museums, movies, and junk shops. Lynne also appreciates outdoor activities like hiking and canoeing. She loves activities involving water and admits to a passion for shopping.
As for writing plans Lynne is committed to the MFA program and strives to improve and do her best work. She would like to one day teach creative writing and publish a few books. She says her best moment and triumph as a writer is the day she was accepted to the Arkansas Writers MFA program.