Dina Peone studied writing and theater at Sarah Lawrence before earning her MFA in nonfiction at the University of Iowa (’18). Upon completion of her MFA, she joined the UIowa faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor and taught the Nonfiction Writing Program’s first-ever online course. Simultaneously, she joined the University of Chicago’s Program in Creative Writing as a part-time Lecturer, where she has taught various beginning nonfiction workshops, advanced workshops, and technical seminars. Her interests include disabled studies; performance studies; queer studies; coming-of-age stories and trauma narratives; antiracist creative writing pedagogy; and narrative psychology.
Dina has received numerous awards for her teaching and writing, including an Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Iowa, The Lucy Grealy Prize for Poetry, and a Pushcart nomination for her debut work of cultural criticism on Freddy Krueger’s legacy of stigma for burn survivors. Her work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Narratively, Bat City Review, Hippocampus Magazine and Books, The Lascaux Review, and others. In June 2020, the legendary rock critic and founding reviews editor of Rolling Stone, Greil Marcus, featured Dina’s personal essay about her karaoke upbringing in his time-honored culture column, “Real Life Rock Top Ten,” in the LA Review of Books.
She is the founding editor of the Cliffhanger., a pocket-sized anthology devoted to the fragment, and the creator of DEAR GHOSTFINGERS: an experimental advice column / nonfiction horror series featuring a ghoulish narrative persona whose ruminations on works of literature only begin to address problems of being submitted by real live people. A former Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida, Dina is at work on her first book: a memoir about burning almost to death in a house fire when she was a morbid teenager.