Diane M. Moore, a native of Franklinton, Louisiana, has lived in New Iberia, Louisiana for almost fifty years and calls herself a transplanted Cajun; however, she now spends part of the year in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she has a cottage on the campus of the University of the South.
Diane is a writer of books, short stories, articles, and poetry. Her latest published book is a book of poetry, Everything Is Blue. It’s her 32nd book, including a middle grade work of fiction about the Spanish settlement of New Iberia entitled Flood on the Rio Teche. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the Southwestern Review at University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Interdisciplinary Humanities, American Weave, Xavier Review, Trace, The Pinyon Review, and other literary journals. She’s a member of the Fortnightly Literary Club in New Iberia (the oldest literary club in New Iberia) and studied with the author Ernest P. Gaines and Darrell Bourque, former Poet Laureate of Louisiana, at ULL. Her young adult book entitled Martin’s Quest was awarded a grant that placed it on the supplementary reading list for Social Studies in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes and was listed on the Louisiana Library Association’s reading list for accelerated students. Martin’s Quest was also a finalist in the Heekins Foundation Award Contest for an outstanding young adult book. Diane has been involved in poetry readings with both former Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque and the present Poet Laureate, Julie Kane.
Diane was cited by the Lafayette Advertiser as one of 31 women who were changing the history of Acadiana in 2007. Diane has worked as Public Relations Director for Iberia Parish Library, as Associate Editor of Acadiana Lifestyle magazine, and as a feature writer and columnist for the Daily Iberian. She contributed to the English version of The Tehran Journal and was a feature writer for the Yaddasht Haftegy, National Iranian Oil Company Journal in Ahwaz, Iran, while living in Iran during the reign of the Shahanshah during the early 70’s. In 2007, the Times of Acadiana cited her as a face to watch among the movers and shakers in Acadiana. She moved to Sewanee, Tennessee that year.
Diane is a retired archdeacon of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, a former deacon at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, and former director of the outreach mission, Solomon House, in New Iberia. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas for seven years and was a member of the Commission on Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana. In May, 2007 Diane received the St. George Episcopal Award, a national award given by the Episcopal Church of the USA for distinguished service to youth, including service to Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other youth. She preaches at St. Mary’s Convent and is an Associate of the Order of St. Mary’s in Sewanee, Tennessee, as well as serves and preaches sporadically at The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany when she is sojourning in New Iberia. Diane also authors a blog entitled ‘A Words Worth.’