January 23, 2017
Natalie Diaz, an esteemed Mojave-American poet, language activist and educator, will present a reading of selected works at Susquehanna University on Feb. 7. The reading, which is part of the Raji-Syman Visiting Writers Series, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Diaz is the author of When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). Her poetry has been published in literary magazines such as the Iowa Review and the Crab Orchard Review. She has received The Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, and she has been a finalist for The Southeast Review Poetry Prize, The Sow's Ear Poetry Prize and The New Letters Fiction prize. Diaz currently directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, working to teach and revitalize the Mojave language.
Ryan Teitman, author of Litany of the City, calls her poetry "rangy, muscled works that have both a dancer's grace and a mechanic's oil-stained hands." New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described When My Brother Was an Aztec as an "ambitious ... beautiful book."