Tucson Festival of Books

Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Mojave American poet, language activist, former professional basketball player and educator. She is enrolled in the Gila River Indian Community and identifies as Akimel O'odham. Diaz is the author of "When My Brother Was an Aztec," winner of the American Book Award, and "Postcolonial Love Poem," winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and finalist for both the National Book Award and the Forward Prize. A 2018 MacArthur Fellow, Lannan Literary Fellow, Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow, and United States Artists Ford Fellow, Diaz is Director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands and the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University. 

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Awards: MacArthur Fellow

Scheduled events:
Poetexts of Love: A Community Celebration
The 2023 Big Read program in Tucson invited the public to read and discuss "Postcolonial Love Poems" by Natalie Diaz as a community all-read. The collection received a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2021. In it, Diaz reflects on her heritage and her life as an Indigenous person growing up in the Southwest. Diaz's appearance caps a three-month series of Tucson events that have probed the themes voiced in her collection.

Arizona Daily Star Stage (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
2023 Big Read
Signing area: Signing - Arizona Daily Star (following presentation)

Panelist: Natalie Diaz
Moderator: April Ignacio
Postcolonial Love Poem
Pulitzer Prize winning poet Natalie Diaz will read from her collection, "Postcolonial Love Poem," and then discuss what made this so noteworthy ... particularly for Arizona.

WNPA Stage (Seats 146)
Sun, Mar 5, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
2023 Big Read
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - National Parks (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Natalie Diaz
Moderator: Diana Marie Delgado

Postcolonial Love Poem
Graywolf Press
March 2020
ISBN 9781644450147
Paperback, 80 pages
$16.00, INSTORE
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When My Brother was an Aztec
Copper Canyon Press
January 2012
ISBN 9781556593833
103 pages