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Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. Diaz's second collection, Postcolonial Love Poem is forthecoming from Graywolf Press in 2020. She is a Macarthur Foundation Fellow, Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a U.S. Artists Ford Fellowship, and Princeton University's Hodder Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program.
M.F.A. Poetry and Fiction, Old Dominion University 2007
Visiting Poet, New Writers MFA Program, University of Texas, Austin, TX (Fall 2017); Thesis Advisor, Michener Center, University of Texas, Austin (2018); Visiting Professor, Creative Writing MFA Program University of Texas, El Paso (Online) (Spring 2017); Lecturer, Creative Writing Program New York University, New York, NY (Fall 2016); Thesis Advisor Texas State University, San Marcos, TX (present); MFA Faculty Instructor Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM (2013-2017); Director and Mojave Language Instructor, Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, Needles, CA, and Mohave Valley, AZ (2009-2016); Point Scholar Foundation Mentor in Literature (2014)
Director, [archi]Text conversation and event series, (2017-present)
Board of Trustees, United States Artists Foundation, (2018-2020)