Diane Oliver

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Diane Oliver (July 28, 1943 – May 1966) was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and after graduating from high school, she attended Women’s College (which later became the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and was the Managing Editor of The Carolinian, the student newspaper. She published four short stories in her lifetime and three more posthumously: “Key to the City” and “Neighbors” published in The Sewanee Review in 1966; “Health Service”, “Traffic Jam” and “Mint Juleps Not Served Here” published in Negro Digest in 1965, 1966, and 1967 respectively; “The Closet on the Top Floor” published in Southern Writing in the Sixties in 1966; and ““No Brown Sugar in Anybody’s Milk”” published in The Paris Review in 2023. “Neighbors” was a recipient of an O. Henry Award in 1967. Diane began graduate work at the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and was awarded the MFA degree posthumously days after her death, at the age of 22, in a motorcycle accident in 1966.

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