Diane Wilson is a prose writer who uses personal experience to illustrate broader social and historical context. Her memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past won a 2006 Minnesota Book Award and was selected for the 2012 One Minneapolis One Read program. Her 2011 nonfiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life was awarded the 2012 Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. Her work has been featured in anthologies, A Good Time for the Truth, Yellow Medicine Review, American Tensions, Fiction on a Stick, Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time; and many other publications.
She has received awards from the Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the East Central Regional Arts Council, as well as residencies at Camargo, Hedgebrook Writers’ Residency, Norcroft Writers’ Retreat, and Ragdale. She is a past editor of Minnesota Literature, former board chair of SASE: The Write Place, and the founder and editor of The Artist’s Voice. Wilson is the Executive Co-Director for the Dream of Wild Health farm in Hugo, MN, and a 2013 Bush Fellow.