Thursday, December 16, 2021
The Merwin Conservancy’s “Green Room LIVE” arts and ecology salon series returned to the virtual stage on Thursday, December 16, 2021 with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Merwin Conservancy poet-in-residence Natalie Diaz joining us for a reading and conversation about place, poetry, and the power of language. This event was supported by the Atherton Family Foundation and William True.
ABOUT NATALIE DIAZ
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 and won an American Book Award. Her second book, Postcolonial Love Poem, was published by Graywolf Press in March 2020 and was a finalist for the National Book Award the Forward Prize, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2021. She is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow, as well as a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded the Princeton Holmes National Poetry Prize and a Hodder Fellowship. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the United States Artists, where she is an alumni of the Ford Fellowship. Diaz is Director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands and is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University.