Natalie Diaz and High School Prize Winners

 

NATALIE DIAZ writes with a “dancer’s grace and a mechanic’s oilstained hands” (The Rumpus). Pima and Mojave, and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community, she played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to the States for graduate work in poetry. Her debut collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, chronicles life on the reservation with tenderness, anger, and rhythmic tenacity, including both its bleakness and the beauty of survival. Recipient of many awards for her work, including a Lannan Literary Fellowship, Diaz now directs a language revitalization program, working with the last four fluent Mojave speakers.

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