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Diode Editions

Diode Editions is an independent press based in Doha, Qatar and Richmond, Virginia. Editor in Chief Patty Paine founded the press in 2012 as an offshoot of diode poetry journal. To date, the press has published 60 works of poetry and poetry-related nonfiction and hosts yearly book and chapbook contests.

Our mission is to amplify diverse voices. We are committed to justice, inclusivity, anti-racism, and equity. We strive to craft beautiful books and fanatically support our authors.
At Diode Editions, we are committed to amplifying voices for peace, justice, and equity. We stand in unwavering support and solidarity with the people of Palestine. We mourn the tragic and senseless loss of life and are deeply disturbed by the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in real time. We unequivocally condemn the occupation and genocide of Palestine. We stand in unwavering support of intifada and in condemnation of zionists.

Diode has pledged to follow the call from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
(PACBI) to comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions.

Signed by the Diode Team,
Patty Paine, Law Alsobrook, ZS Donald and Alex Wanas


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Featured Author

Shanta Lee

Shanta Lee is an artist and multi-faceted professional. Her endeavors  include writing and photography with work that has been featured in PRISM, ITERANT Literary Magazine, Palette Poetry, BLAVITY, DAME Magazine, The Crisis Magazine, Rebelle Society, on the Ms. Magazine Blog, and on a former radio segment Ponder This. Shanta Lee’s photojournalism has been featured on Vermont Public Radio ( and her investigative reporting has been in The Commons weekly newspaper covering Windham County, VT. Shanta Lee is the 2020 recipient of the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts. Her contributing work on an investigative journalism piece for The Commons received a New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) 2019 award. Shanta Lee gives lectures on the life of Lucy Terry Prince, considered the first known African-American poet in English literature, as a member of the Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau and is the 2020 gubernatorial appointee to their board of directors.

Shanta Lee has an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MBA from the University of Hartford and an undergraduate degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality from Trinity College. To see more of Shanta Lee’s work, visit

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