Diana Forgione: Co-founder, Program Director

Diana Forgione: Co-founder, Program Director

Diana Forgione is the co-founder, host, and organizer of the Death Rattle Writers Festival, a freelance writer and poet, and a judge and workshop instructor for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She has an MFA in creative writing, is a member of the Writers Guild of America and performs her poetry at literary events across Idaho. She is currently refining an anthology of poetry for publication.

Nicolas Darlinton: Board of Directors

Nicolas Darlinton: Board of Directors

For eight years, Nicholas Darlinton has studied literature and writing as a middle school teacher. He is a Boise State Writing Project fellow, collaborating with like-minded educators. Additionally, Nicholas directs the Idaho’s Scholastic Writing Awards, a program that encourages and rewards young writers across Idaho. Along with the creators of Death Rattle Writers Festival, Nicholas started an event of true stories told live called, The Spill. He has two stories in the 2015 edition of The Cabin’s Writers in the Attic collection Animal.

Griffin Birdsong: Event Coordinator and Senior Writer at Death Rattle Review

Griffin Birdsong: Event Coordinator and Senior Writer at Death Rattle Review

In 2003 Griffin Rae Birdsong started writing about sasquatches and draculas. Her career as a writer would begin in 2008 at ISU where she studied english and was featured in the Black Rock and Sage Journal in 2009. A few years after dropping out she became one of the creators of The Sentimentalist Zine in 2013, which she used as an outlet to chronicle her trans-feminist whimsy and to promote local writers in her home town of Idaho Falls. Shortly after she would move to Boise and become one of the coordinators for the Death Rattle Writer’s festival in 2014. Her first book “A Pansexual Journey Through Time” was published through H.O. Tanager Press in 2015. She currently lives in Boise where she still occasionally writes love poems about draculas.

Dig Reeder: Co-Founder, Program Director

Dig Reeder: Co-Founder, Program Director

On a cold and rainy day in Burlington Ontario, amongst the machinery and whistles of the steal factories, the cry of a newborn baby was heard. That baby grew up across Canada and the US and is a Painter, playwright, and Co-founder of the Death Rattle Writers Festival.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Alex Yann: Board of Directors

Alex Yann: Board of Directors

Alexander Yann is a Boise transplant via Oakland, CA. They spend a significant portion of their life dedicated to consuming pointless media and can safely say they know what it is like to spend 11 hours straight watching television.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Marshall Harris: Board of Operations

Marshall Harris: Board of Operations

Marshall Harris is a poet from Boise who likes dogs and probably wants to make out with you. He's been nominated for "best of the net" on voicemail poems, is a four time qualifier for the national poetry slam, and published in little river press, as well as drunk in a midnight choir.