Dallas-based literary nonprofit brings Mojave American poet, author, language activist and educator to the Latino Cultural Center on Nov. 15 

(DALLAS, TEXAS – November 2017; source: CultureHype) - Dallas-based literary nonprofit WordSpace is thrilled to present Transnational Impressions with Mojave American poet, author, language activist and educator Natalie Diaz at the Latino Cultural Center on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The event, which will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m., will feature a special presentation by Diaz of her collection of poetry “When My Brother Was an Aztec.” The event is free and open to the public. The Latino Cultural Center is located at 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas, Texas 75204. 

“I write hungry sentences," Diaz once explained in an interview, "because they want more and more lyricism and imagery to satisfy them." 

Her debut book of poetry “portrays experiences rooted in Native American life with personal and mythic power.” It was a 2012 Lannan Literary Selection and a 2013 PEN/Open Book Award shortlist. Her other awards include: Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry and Tobias Wolff Fiction Prize and her work has appeared in Narrative, Poetry Magazine, Drunken Boat, Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review and Crab Orchard Review and Poetry Foundation. 

Diaz grew up in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, which is on the border of California, Nevada, and Arizona. She went to school at Old Dominion University on a full athletic scholarship, where she played point guard on the university’s women’s basketball team. The team reached the NCAA Final Four her freshman year and the bracket of sixteen during her other three years on the team. 

After playing professional basketball in Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey, she returned to Old Dominion University to pursue who true passion: literature. She completed a Master of Fine Arts in poetry and fiction in 2006. 

Diaz currently lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona where she used to work on language revitalization at her home reservation with the last Elder speakers of the Mojave language. Now, she teaches at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. 

About WordSpace: 

WordSpace is a nonprofit literary organization that supports education, and writers, connecting Dallas with the best of world literature and spoken word. Founded in 1994, the organization hosts authors, readings, student workshops, concerts and salons to promote established and emerging artists who use imaginative language in traditional and experimental forms. Through diverse, multicultural programs, WordSpace enhances the development of language artists of all ages, facilitates communication throughout the literary community, and contributes to expanding the Dallas literary scene to the widest possible audience. For more information, visit www.wordspacedallas.com. 


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