Deanie Rowan Blank is the recipient of a W. B. Yeats Pierce Loughran Scholarship. Her poetry has appeared widely in literary journals and was performed by the East Haddam Stage Company. She was a Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Tenth Anniversary Prize finalist. Her focus on writing follows her retirement as a state and national health program developer.
Deanie’s poetry appears in the Winter 2011 Prairie Schooner, one of the oldest and most respected literary journals in the United States—this special Ireland issue is devoted to contemporary Irish writing. An excerpt of her long rhyming poem, on the Irish mythic hero, Cuchulain, appears in the Spring 2012 Prairie Schooner.
She is preparing a poetry collection in which the title poem, “Naked Under the Slicker”, reflects a person’s unique nature and humanity’s peculiar sameness through the sincere narrative of one woman’s real and visceral experiences during a single day. This poem reveals truths as the metaphorical protective cover of a rain slicker is lifted. She is also preparing a Collection titled "Myth, Magic, Morality and Mischief". The veracity, vinegar and spice of Deanie’s poems make them a compelling read to be relished even by those not ordinarily drawn to poetry.
Her winning haiku will appear on products and publications of the ITO EN Oi Ocha, co- sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.