Creative Writing

publications & honors

where to find my work


> Education & Awards

Dina received two Fine Arts degrees: a BFA from Pratt Art Institute and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was awarded a Maytag Fellowship from the University of Iowa, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and was accepted at residencies in the countries of Georgia, Spain, and Wales.

While she lived in San Francisco and attended Stanford University on a Stegner Fellowship in poetry, she telecommuted full time to Disney's Burbank office, where she worked as an award-wining senior copy writer and content strategist.

Dina was a finalist in Poets and Writers' New Voices in California contest, a finalist in University of Southern California’s Gold Line Press chapbook contest, and has been the winner and/or listed as an honorary mention in national literary contests.

> Publications & Readings

Her poetry, poetry comics, and other work have been published in numerous journals and anthologies.

Places she's read (see images from select readings): bookstores; classrooms; theaters; universities; cafes; auditoriums; yoga studios; book fairs; literary festivals; art museums; galleries; and has read or will be reading in: Iowa City, IA; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, Hollywood, Pasadena, San Francisco, and other cities in northern and southern California; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE; and in El Bruc and Málaga, Spain.

Dina was a co-founder and -host of a monthly reading series that started in Downtown Los Angeles and ended in Santa Monica, CA. The series featured Southern Californian and nationally known poets.

> Teaching

She taught creative writing at Stanford, the University of Iowa, and guest lectured for college-prep classes in Los Angeles. She was the managing director of TXT, conducted creative writing courses in Dubai, UAE and is now teaching creative writing courses in Madrid, Spain.