Publications and Bio

Publications  (poems, essays, creative nonfiction, and hybrid)

Click on titles to read each work.


3Elements Review – “Blue In Green” (nominated for a Pushcart prize)

Alternating Current – “Whale Fall” and “A Once River”

Barren Magazine – “All the Reasons” (selected as a “Publishers Pick”)

Bluestem – “It Tastes Like Nothing”

Crack the Spine  – “Small Change”

Flock – “Dwell Time”

Gordon Square Review – “Superior and Decker” (nominated for Best of the Net)

Gravel (also published in the anthology Eclipsing the Dark) – “A First Astronomy”

Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts – “Red Tide”

Porter House Review – “Curb Appeal”

Storm Cellar – “Elegant Spot”

What Rough Beast (Indolent Books) – “After War The Peace Will Be Worse”

Essays, Hybrid, and Flash Nonfiction

Columbus Alive – “Things We Love: Picks from Dionne Custer Edwards”

Entropy Magazine – “Light in the Well”

Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education – “Coloring in the Space”

Journal Gearte – “WorldView: Cultural Intersections in Contemporary Art”

Sanat Dunyamiz (“Our Art World”) – “Inside Outside: On Creative Practice and Arts Partnership”

The Seventh Wave  – “On Race And Small Talk With The Neighbors”

Stoneboat  – “After Midnight We Had No Good Things To Say” 

Tahoma Literary Review – “Court Of Common Pleas” 
Tahoma Literary Review – “Court of Common Pleas”(text) 


Dionne Custer Edwards is a writer, educator, and the Director of Learning & Public Practice at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Her work at the Wex has included pioneering several groundbreaking education programs—including Pages, an art and writing program—serving hundreds of high school students a year from across central Ohio.

Embedded in her art and education practices is Dionne’s commitment to work in diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, including partnering to conceptualize and sustain the work of the Shumate Council, and leading diversity, equity, and inclusion work at the Wex. In addition to her public service work, Dionne regularly volunteers and serves on the boards of local and national nonprofit organizations. 

Dionne has received awards and fellowships for her work in the arts, including a 12-month fellowship with Americans for the Arts and in 2021, a Greater Columbus Arts Council Arts Partnership Award. Dionne has presented and been a featured speaker at several national conferences on her work and research in arts education—including at the Indianapolis Museum of Art TEDx conference—where she spoke on 21st century learning. 

While Dionne is committed to public service as an arts educator, arts administrator, and programmer—she is also a practicing artist. She has published critical and literary writing, internationally and nationally in Sanat Dünyamiz (“Our Art World”), Turkey; Journal GEARTE, Brazil; and in the University of Arizona’s Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in 3Elements Review, Barren Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Flock, Gordon Square Review, Grist, Porter House Review, Storm Cellar, The Seventh Wave, Tahoma Literary Review, and others.

Dionne has a MA in Arts Education and Creative Writing, Antioch University and a BA in English, The Ohio State University.


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