Protected: Natalie Diaz: Online & Pre-taped

Natalie Diaz: Online & Pre-taped

Past Event: Friday, April 30, 2021

At lectures.org

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Although this event has passed, you can still purchase a digital pass to view it through May 7 at 7:30 p.m. (PDT). The event will be available to watch until 12:01 a.m. on May 8.

Natalie Diaz is the author of two poetry collections: When My Brother Was an Aztec and Postcolonial Love Poem. The New York Times Book Review called her most recent work “no doubt one of the most important poetry releases in years, one to applaud for its considerable demonstration of skill, its resistance to dominant perspectives and its light wrought of desire.” The Q&A will be moderated by Laura Da’.

This event is online only and will be pre-recorded.

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

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Know Before You Go

How do I access the online event?

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

Your e-tickets, which come attached in a PDF with your ticket order confirmation email, will contain your digital access password as well. Return to the event page the night of the event at lectures.org and enter the password where prompted. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. (PDT) and will be available for viewing for a week after the event.

SAL will also send an email the day of the event, containing the same information. If you have opted out of receiving SAL emails, you will miss this important information—please email us at boxoffice@lectures.org and we will assist you.

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.

Accessibility

Closed Captioning is an option for people who have hearing loss, where captioning displays the words that are spoken or sung at the bottom of the video. Captioning is available for all online events; click the “CC” button to view captions during the event.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals at online events. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10, or select Sign Language Interpretation from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process, and we will reach out to you to confirm details. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services for online events, 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-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 206.621.2230×10. For more accessibility information, please head to lectures.org/accessibility.

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