13th Poet Laureate Diannely Antigua

Photo by Tony Ochoa

Photo by Tony Ochoa

Diannely Antigua is a Dominican American poet and educator, born and raised in Massachusetts. Her debut collection Ugly Music (YesYes Books, 2019) was the winner of the Pamet River Prize and a 2020 Whiting Award. Her second poetry collection Good Monster is forthcoming with Copper Canyon Press in 2024. She received her BA in English from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she won the Jack Kerouac Creative Writing Scholarship, and received her MFA at NYU, where she was awarded a Global Research Initiative Fellowship to Florence, Italy. She is the recipient of additional fellowships from CantoMundo, Community of Writers, Fine Arts Work Center Summer Program, and was a finalist for the 2021 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and chosen for TheBest of the Net Anthology. Her poems can be found in Poem-a-Day, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Washington Square Review, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. In 2022, she was proclaimed the 13th Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, NH, the youngest and first person of color to receive the title. In 2023, she was awarded an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship to launch The Bread & Poetry Project, and in 2024, she was awarded an Excellence in Artistry Award from Black Lives Matter New Hampshire. She currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the University of New Hampshire as the inaugural Nossrat Yassini Poet in Residence. She hosts the podcast Bread & Poetry which seeks to make poetry accessible to all in a way that nourishes the soul. Diannely has two books of poetry, Ugly Music and the Good Monster . Follow Diannely on Facebook, and Instagram @nellfell13 . Below is a list of her accomplishments as 13th poet laureate of Portsmouth NH.


  • Launched the podcast Bread & Poetry in Summer 2022
  • Released 26 interview episodes and 2 Bonus Slice episodes on Bread & Poetry
  • Published The Bread & Poetry Anthology showcasing work inspired by the podcast Bread & Poetry and workshops during her laureateship
  • Designed the new Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program logo



  • Collaborated with HAVEN on fundraising event Courage Speaks for Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 2023 and 2024
  • Named HAVEN official non-profit partner to receive support from the Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship–$7,000
  • Collaborated with NH PANTHER for two Love & Resistance: Poetry & Conversation event highlighting Black Voices
  • Collaborated with NH PANTHER, Vida Cantina, and DJ Mam for one Love & Resistance: Poetry & Conversation event highlighting Latinx Voices and Día de los Muertos


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