Diane Frances Elliott
I write fiction, non fiction, and poetry.
My third book of poetry, Songs of Bernie Bjorn, the story of a late beat era woman as told in over fifty points of view has just been released.
In 1993 the Montana Ballet Company commissioned me to adapt an early version of Songs of Bernie Bjorn for a multimedia production titled Impersonating Bernie, which was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
My novel, Strength of Stone, garnered the Willa finalist award in historical fiction and was short-listed for the 2003 William Saroyan Prize for Literature. And short stories, poetry, and articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including Negative Capability, Grasslands Review, Koronē, Late Knocking, Yokoi, Writer's Bar-B-Q, Montana Arts, and Distinctly Montana. The short stories and poems have won awards from the National Writer's Club and the Montana Institute of Arts, as well as the Mary Brennen Clapp Poetry Award.
My husband and I live on a five acre plot outside of Bozeman, Montana. Together we raise all our fruit and vegetables. I grind the wheat I use for baking bread and not only hunt--but we process our own meat. Our Standard Poodle Spud owns and takes care of us.
Awards and Recognition
- Strength of Stone received the 2003 Finalist Literary Award in Historical fiction and was shortlisted for the 2002 William Saroyan Literary International Prize for writing. I have garnered awards from the Montana Institute of the Arts, the National Book Club and the Mary Brennen Clapp Memorial Poetry Contest. My multi-media script Impersonating Bernie (an adaption of my novel Songs of Bernie Bjorn) was produced by the Montana Ballet Company .