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 finalizing a poetry collection called “The Dark Dance” 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, Under the Basho and Avatar, the literary magazine of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Her work is also included in iNK BLOTS, Vol. 1, a compilation from the DC Poetry Collective dedicated to the multitudes who have perished and the deaths still to come due to COVID-19. All proceeds from the book go to Bread for the City, a D.C.-based charity that provides food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services to reduce the burden of poverty.
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. She also maintains an educational blog on alcohol sobriety.