Diane Gottlieb writes open-hearted stories about people in pain who choose to grow.

Diane Gottlieb

Welcome! So glad you stopped by!

I’m a writer, educator, mom, grandma, wife, friend—who’s terminally curious. I love to learn, explore, and share with others what I discover. Oh—I also love birds, trees, lizards, and supporting writers, readers, and all kinds of kind and courageous people.

I write flash fiction, essays, and dabble in poetry. My work has appeared in River Teeth, Huff Post, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Rumpus, Split Lip, Barrelhouse, among others, and has recently been selected for inclusion in the 2023 Best Microfiction anthology. I am the Prose and Nonfiction Editor of Emerge Literary Journal, the editor of Awakenings: Stories of Body & Consciousness (Oct 2023), and on the Hippocampus Magazine reviews team.

What happens when 49 authors sit down to craft their experiences of living in a body?


Awakenings: Stories of Bodies & Consciousness (ELJ Editions) is truly a magical anthology of short essays, filled with trauma and triumph; pleasures and pain; challenges, resilience, and growth. A host of seasoned writers, including Alison McGhee, Jesse Lee Kercheval, and Jacqueline Doyle, alongside emerging artists, such as Camille U. Adams, Terry Opalek, and Sarita Sidhu, share their hearts, their limbs, their breasts—even their teeth!—on the page in this singularly stunning array of diverse voices, journeys, and literary forms. No matter where you turn in this tribute to the miracles, mishaps, and mysteries of the body, you will be moved. Awakenings will sometimes make you laugh, often make you cry, and will always spur a deep appreciation for the flesh and bones that carry us all through life.

I am thrilled and honored to have edited Awakenings: Stories of Body & Consciousness (ELJ Editions)! I LOVE every gorgeous, courageous piece in this anthology!

Latest Publications

Writing Loss in Bits and Pieces: An Interview with Eileen Vorbach Collins in MER Motherhood Literature & Art

Writing Loss in Bits and Pieces: An Interview with Eileen Vorbach Collins ...
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Review of “Zaftig” by Rebecca Tiger in Tiny Molecules

Review of "Zaftig" by Rebecca Tiger in Tiny Molecules Link to review
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Interview With Constance Malloy

I've been admiring the work of Constance Malloy for some time now. ...
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Why Is It So Hard to Take a Stand?

I felt freer last Wednesday than I have in a long time. ...
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Interview With Michelle Redo

I first met Michelle Redo when she invited me and Nina Lichtenstein ...
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