Dana Gittings lives and writes in Washington, D.C. Having studied poetry in college, she dove into the D.C. writing scene to find company and guidance in the sometimes isolating experience of putting pen to paper. She regularly attends local workshops for feedback, embracing communal spaces where writers support each other’s creativity.
Dana is working on a poetry collection about alcohol misuse, recovery, identity, and desire. It explores how a shared thread of compulsivity can link drinking behavior, intimacy, and the almost manic process of healing through the vehicle of writing. You can read about her writing process here.
Her work is most heavily influenced by the confessional poets Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, though many other poets have had a profound impact on her—to name a few, Margaret Atwood, Melissa Broder, Andrea Gibson, and Sharon Olds. Dana is inspired by ecopoetics, surrealism, psychoanalytic theory, and spoken word, and likes to experiment with shape, ekphrastic, and found poetry. She is drawn to the juxtaposition of poem and photograph—all photos on this website are her own.
Dana’s poetry has been featured in Abridged, AVATAR, the Hill Rag, and iNK BLOTS, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, two compilations from the DC Poetry Collective dedicated to the multitudes who have perished and the deaths still to come due to COVID-19. She has also co-published a renku in Under the Basho and a rengay in Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu. Dana is a member of Towpath Haiku and the DC Writers’ Salon, in addition to the aforementioned DC Poetry Collective.
Dana enjoys perusing flea markets and used bookstores, long afternoons writing outside or at coffee shops, and analyzing psychological horror films. She works at a national non-profit social science organization and also maintains an educational blog on alcohol sobriety.
Dana was recently featured in two poetry readings hosted by Lost City Books, an independent bookstore located in Adams Morgan. Check her out at 17:05 in the recording from August 2021 and at 28:30 in the recording from February 2021!