Diane Tucker was born in 1965 in Grace Hospital in Vancouver and grew up in the southeast quadrant of the city, where from the age of pretty much nothing she would get up in front of people and perform. This continued unabated until she graduated from John Oliver Secondary School. She earned a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from UBC in 1987, after which she got married to Jim and spent several years as a library clerk until her daughter Elizabeth was born in 1990. She then devoted herself to mothering (son Joe was born in 1993) and writing.
Her first book of poems, God on His Haunches (Nightwood Editions, 1996) was shortlisted for the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her second poetry book, Bright Scarves of Hours, was published by Palimpsest Press in 2007. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and in more than sixty journals in Canada and abroad. Her first novel, His Sweet Favour, was released by Thistledown Press in 2009.
Her most recent book of poems, Bonsai Love, was released by Harbour Publishing in 2014.
She has recently branched out into dramatic writing, mentored by the fantastic Lucia Frangione. Diane’s play Here Breaks the Heart: The Loves of Christina Rossetti was produced in November 2013 by Calgary’s Fire Exit Theatre.
Diane has been leading writing workshops and classes for many years and has curated several public reading series. She has also served on the executives of both the Burnaby Writers’ Society and the League of Canadian Poets. She has done at least a hundred public readings of her own work.
Currently Diane is on the organzizing committee of the Dead Poets Reading Series, a bimonthly excursion into the great works of deceased poets, held at the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library (www.deadpoetslive.com ).
Diane’s favourite colour is green; her favourite TV shows are Mad Men and Red Dwarf. In her “spare” time she sings in her church choir, leads a women’s Bible study and walks and walks and walks. She has never successfully driven a car and has an embarrassingly large collection of vintage buttons.
She lives on the eastern edge of Burnaby, BC.