Natalie Diaz to read at WWU

March 4, 2015

Natalie Diaz at WWU

Award winning poet Natalie Diaz will be reading at Western Washington University on Monday, March 9, 2015, at 4:15pm in Fraser Hall, Room 102.

Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Diaz played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to Old Dominion to earn an MFA. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), which won the American Book Award in 2013 and which The New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious … beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. Diaz lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works with the last speakers of Mojave and directs a language revitalization program.

This special event, presented by the WWU English Department and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is free and open to the public.

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