Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz

Friday, April 30, 2021 7:30 pm

04/30/2021 7:30 pm 04/30/2021 America/Los_Angeles Natalie Diaz https://lectures.org/event/natalie-diaz/ Town Hall Seattle

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THIS EVENT HAS BEE N RESCHEDULED. Natalie Diaz is the author of two poetry collections: When My Brother Was an Aztec, which centers on her brother’s addiction to crystal meth, and Postcolonial Love Poem, forthcoming in 2020. Adrian Matejka calls When My Brother Was an Aztec “a spacious, sophisticated collection, one that puts in work addressing the author’s divergent experiences—whether it be family, skin politics, hoops, code switching, or government commodities.”

Natalie Diaz is originally from Needles, CA, and the Fort Mojave Indian Village. Diaz is a Gila River Indian community member, and holds both a BA and an MFA in poetry and fiction from Old Dominion University. While an undergraduate, Diaz was on the women’s basketball team, eventually going abroad to play professionally for a number of years in Asia and Europe.

Diaz’s writing incorporates both the personal and the cultural, drawing upon her own experiences as a Mojave American and a Latina. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Narrative Magazine, Guernica, Tin House, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. Along with being a MacArthur Foundation Fellow (2018), Diaz is also the recipient of several prestigious fellowships and residencies, including a Breadloaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a U.S. Artists Ford Fellowship, Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship, a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, a Lannan Literary Fellow, and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow.

Currently, she lives in Tempe, Arizona, and teaches at Arizona State’s Creative Writing MFA program. She has worked with the last speakers of Mojave and directed a language revitalization program. In an interview with PBS, she said, “For me, writing is kind of a way for me to explore why I want things and why I’m afraid of things and why I worry about things. And for me, all of those things represent a kind of hunger that comes with being raised in a place like this.”

Laura Da’, who will be moderating the Q&A portion of Diaz’s event, is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and The Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. Her first book, Tributaries, won the American Book Award. Da’ lives near Seattle with her husband and son. Her newest book is Instruments of the True Measure.

Event Details

Town Hall Seattle

1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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Know Before You Go

How do I access the online event?

Most tickets have been emailed, so be sure to check your inbox for an email from boxoffice@lectures.org. Call us at 206-621-2230 x10 if you can’t find them.

Have a question for the speaker?

Ticket holders, want to ask Natalie Diaz a question during the Q&A? Send your questions to rahoogs@lectures.org—they might be asked on stage!

Books

If you don’t already own books by Natalie Diaz, we recommend you purchase them online from Open Books, our bookstore partner for this evening.

Patrons & Grand Patrons, you're invited to Happy Hour!

Patrons & Grand Patrons, join us for light bites and wine on the Promenade at Benaroya Hall from 6:30 to 7:15.

Accessibility

Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing losses, where a captioning screen displaying the words that are spoken or sung is placed on stage. To make a request for open captioning, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: for events at Town Hall Seattle, we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure captioning services.

Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs) are devices that people with hearing loss use in conjunction with their hearing device (hearing aids or cochlear implants). Town Hall Seattle has a hearing loop system, so you can switch your T-coil hearing aid to telecoil to have the stage’s microphones transmitted directly to your hearing aids. To pick up a headset, check in with any Town Hall usher when you arrive.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Accessible Restrooms are available in all sections at Town Hall Seattle, which is fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. Guide and service dogs are also welcome. Town Hall Seattle recommends that visitors use the 8th Avenue Entrance for events in the Great Hall, and elevators with Braille signage go to all levels within the Hall. The venue has 18 all-gender restrooms, as well as ADA-accessible restrooms on the lobby and Forum level. For more details on accessibility features, click here.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services at our venues, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive. Our Patron Services Manager is available at boxoffice@lectures.org, or Monday-Thursday from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Fridays from 10:00am – 1:00pm, at 206.621.2230×10.

Sponsors

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Charles B. & Barbara Wright