Diane Sahms (formerly Sahms-Guarnieri) is a native Philadelphian, having grown up in Roxborough & Manayunk
(Northwest); lived a short time in South Philly; and has spent the majority of her life living in Lawndale (Northeast).
She has performed her poetry at venues along the east coast of the United States from Boston, Massachusetts
to Richmond, Virginia and west to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Her first full-length poetry book, Images of Being, was published in October, 2011 by Stone Garden Publishing
and is available at Amazon
Her second full-length poetry book, Light's Battered Edge, was published in October, 2015 by Anaphora Literary Press
and is available at Amazon
Her third full-length poetry book, Night Sweat, was published in January, 2016 by Red Dashboard Press
and is available at Amazon
Her fourth full-length poetry book, The Handheld Mirror of the Mind, published in July, 2018 by Kelsay Press
and is available at Amazon
Her chapbook, COVID-19 2020 A Poetic Journal published in August, 2021 by Moonstone Press
and is available at Moonstone
Reviews, of above poetry books
Northeast Times
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Northeast Times
Montgomery Media
Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
PUBLICATIONS, print &/or online

North American Review - University of Iowa; Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal - University of Nevada;
Chiron Review; Sequestrum Journal of Literature & Arts - Iowa; The New Verse News; The Philadelphia Inquirer;
Pennsylvania Literary Journal; Folio; The Fox Chase Review; Many Mountains Moving - Colorado; Philadelphia Stories;
Indiana Voice Journal; Mid-West Cultural Council; The Mad Poets Review; Limited Editions - CCP; The Camel Saloon;
The Northern Liberties Review; The Mascara Review; Dead Snakes; Blast Furnace; Oddball Magazine - Boston, MA;
RiverLit - Spokane, WA; The Levittown Leader; Blue Collar Review - Norfolk, VA; Plum Tree Tavern; Autumn Sky Poetry;
Wilderness House Literary Review - Boston, MA; Eleventh Transmission - Canada; 34th Parallel Magazine - Paris;
The A3 Review - UK; The Southern Ocean Review; The Blue Heron Review; Canary; The Ibis Head Review; JONAH Magazine;
Picking Up Glitter; The Write Launch; The Moving Force; Coffin Bell; Coronavirus Chronicles; Yellow Mama Magazine;
Eclectica Magazine-Runner Up Prize; Yellow Mama Magazine; Tiny Seed Literary Journal, Pollinator Project;
Nine Cloud Journal; The New Purlieu Review;The Pangolin Review - UK; Poetry and Covid - UK, University of Plymouth
and Nottingham Trent University; Partisan Press's 2015 Winner of Working People's Poetry Competition for "Absence;"
Poems are forthcoming from The Stray Branch & The Northern Virginia Review

Forthcoming poem in the Train River Anthology
Wingless Dreamer Press. Fruits of Our Quarantine, an anthology written during COVID-19
Transcendent Zero Press. Selfhood: Varieties of Experience-an anthology for the faint of heart;
Philadelphia Stories Inc. The Best of Philadelphia Stories.
Moonstone Press. Poetry Ink & Philadelphia Says Women Are Voting.
Genre:Urban Arts Press. Genre: Urban Arts No. 9: Urban Arts Signature.
Poetry Book Reviews, written by Diane, a sampling
The Damages of Morning by Philadelphia Poet, J.C. Todd
Amber Necklace from Gdansk by Linda Name-Foster
Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002 by Sharon Olds
The Niagara River by Kay Ryan For more book reviews go to North of Oxford
COMMUNITY (Volunteer) SERVICE, Philadelphia
Poetry Editor

Diane is currently Poetry Editor of North of Oxford (2016 - presently).
She has served as Poetry Editor of The Fox Chase Review (2009-15);
served on the Editorial Board of the Philadelphia Stories magazine (2006-08); and
served as Student Editor for Limited Editions at Community College of Philadelphia (2000-03)
& Folio at Holy Family University (2000).
Cohost, Host, Assistant & Other
Cohosted The Fox Chase Reading Series at Three Sisters Corner Cafe (2008-11) and at
Ryerss Museum and Library (2011-15);
Hosted The Fox Chase Reading Series 2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic (2009-11);
Hosted Poets at Pennypack at Pennypack Environmental & Nature Center (2014);
Hosted Poets in the Park at Lions Park (2010, 2011, & 2014);
Hosted The Center City Poets Workshop at the former Borders Bookstore (2006-11);
Assisted with Poets on the Porch (2010-15);
Created, published, and distributed "the broadside series" (2013-15).
Poet in Residence
Served as Poet in Residence at Ryerss Museum & Library (2013-15).
2019, Contributor Spotlight
Sequestrum Journal of Literature & Art
2018, Television Interview
YouTube Conducted by Marilyn Klimcho on the Poets' Pause program broadcast on BCTV.
2018, Featured Author
The Blue Heron Speaks
2016, Interview by Lynn Fanok
The Interview Room
2013, Interview by The Fox Chase Review: Ten Questions
The Fox Chase Review
Partisan Press Winner of the Working People's Poetry Competition for poem Absence, 2015.
Recipient of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania/The House of Representatives Citation, 2014.
Awarded for over a decade of community volunteerism in the promotion of the art of poetry in Philadelphia. See article
AEVentures Foundation Grant for Poetry, 2013.
WORKSHOP LEADER, Delaware & Pennsylvania
Tenth Muse Poetry Workshop Leader (2012-15).
In the late 80s, early 90s she was a stay at home mom with her three children.
Diane is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University (B.S.) GPA 3.57 and has performed post graduate work
at Holy Family University (HFU) GPA 4.0, which led to an English Secondary Education Teaching Certification.
While completing post-graduate work at HFU, she also attended & completed courses at Community College
of Philadelphia (CCP) GPA 4.0, while substitute teaching for the Philadelphia School District.
Once certified she taught high school English/Poetry at Council Rock (North & South) & at Cheltenham High Schools.
From 2008-present, she has worked as a purchasing agent.
PHLgovTV Friday, March 26th, 2021 at 6:00-7:00 PM
One of the features at Art Access TV
The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE)
in collaboration with PHLgovTV
YouTube Princton, NJ at Café Improv
National Poetry Month - April 27th, 2019:
• Banshee of Broken
• Camellia Japonica, eve of your birthday
• Blue Heron, spiritual vessel
• Iris understanding Umbra
As long as a heart is beating someone is always alive
YouTube Beacon, NY / Hudson Valley Poets at the Howland Art Center
December 14, 2018:
• Villanelle: As long as a heart is beating someone is always alive
• Detached from the body of wind
• The way in which something is woven
• Loretta and Pauline
• Dark-eyed Juncos
• Moonlight Sonata
• Everyone has their own hallelujah
• The Handheld Mirror of the Mind
YouTube Princton, NJ at Café Improv
March 25th, 2017:
• Choruses of Crickets Sing Me
• Listening
• Vivaldi’s violins
• Dark-eyed Juncos
• Pennsylvania
YouTube Princton, NJ at Café Improv
January 24,2015:
• Modern Day Flossie
• Delaware River
• Detached from the body of wind
• The Singing Butler
YouTube Princton, NJ at Café Improv on the 16th Anniversary of my father’s death
April 27, 2013:
• Machines, Machines, Monstrous Machines
• Daisy
• Winds of Injustice
• My Lover
Video Point Pleasant, NJ at Crushed Beneath Poetry on September 7, 2017
A villanelle - As long as a heart is beating someone is always alive
YouTube Pen and Pencil Club on March 20, 2016
from Night Sweat
• Faces of the Moon over Philadelphia
• Laundry
• Aluminum
• Under the Nights Forever Falling
• Two Stones
from Light’s Battered Edge
• Absence
• Repeatedly waking to music
• Pennsylvania
WordPress link
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