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A Reading by Natalie Diaz

  • Dr. Hall gives a brief background on and introduces Natalie Diaz
    Dr. Hall gives a brief background on and introduces Natalie Diaz
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  • Natalie Diaz talks about her inspiration for some of her poems before she begins her reading

    Natalie Diaz talks about her inspiration for some of her poems before she begins her reading

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  • Natalie starts off the reading with her poems: “When My Brother was an Aztec” and “Catching Copper”
    Natalie starts off the reading with her poems: “When My Brother was an Aztec” and “Catching Copper”
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  • Diaz reads a poem titled "From the Desire Field"
    Diaz reads a poem titled "From the Desire Field"
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  • People converse after the reading
    People converse after the reading
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  • Eager students wait in line to get their books autographed by Natalie Diaz

    Eager students wait in line to get their books autographed by Natalie Diaz

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  • Natalie Diaz’ book: “When My Brother Was an Aztec”
    Natalie Diaz’ book: “When My Brother Was an Aztec”
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  • Students and WAC community members ask Diaz questions after her reading
    Students and WAC community members ask Diaz questions after her reading
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Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House

February 01, 2018

Natalie Diaz is a Mojave American poet who resides in Mohave Valley, Arizona. Diaz has earned multiple honors and awards for her works of poetry and writing, including the Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry, as well as a Lannan Literary Selection for her book of poetry: When My Brother Was an Aztec, published in 2012. She is also a member of the Gila River Indian community and has been working to revitalize the Mojave language near Fort Mojave in Needles, California where she was born.  Natalie currently teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

Natalie began her reading with the title poem of her book “When my Brother was an Aztec”, followed by “American Arithmetic” which is a poem about the fact that Native Americans only make up about .8% of the American population today. Natalie also read her poem, “Run’N’Gun,” which talked about her experience playing basketball and how it acted as a gateway for her to enter the life she wanted. Natalie Diaz read a variety of her poems both from her book as well as newer ones she has written. There was also a thoughtful Q&A session after the reading.


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