1455 had a busy–and fun–week, talking twice (thrice, if you count our recent event for George Mason University’s Fall for the Book, video forthcoming, eventually) with Diane about her remarkable debut novel, THE ALL-NIGHT SUN (which you should purchase via our friends and partners, DC’s historic The Potter’s House), writing, and the importance of community, among many other things. A bit about Diane, below, followed by our 14:55 Interview, and last week’s event.

Diane Zinna is originally from Long Island, New York. She received her MFA from the University of Florida and went on to teach creative writing for ten years. She was formerly the executive co-director at AWP, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, which hosts the largest literary conference in North America each year. In 2014, Diane created the Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, helping to match more than six hundred writers over twelve seasons. THE ALL-NIGHT SUN, her first novel, was recently longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Diane lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband and daughter.

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