Macondo Signature Reading Series presents Natalie Diaz
Join us as we celebrate the work & spirit of Natalie Diaz author of When My Brother Was an Aztec for a reading and book signing at the historic Guadalupe Theater on November 19, 2016 at 7:30pm. Diaz will also be holding a master class/workshop as part of her visit to our city on Saturday, November 19 from 10am-3pm. $120 per person, limit 15. Macondistas receive a 25% discount!
As part of the growing Macondo Writers’ Workshop, the Guadalupe introduces the Macondo Signature Reading Series with our inaugural guest, Natalie Diaz. Both Native American (Mojave and Pima Tribes) and Spanish, Diaz builds upon a root embedded in myth, exposing, with grace, the inheritance and truths of a complex social and personal history.
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 in 2012. Diaz’s work has garnered various awards, including the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University, a US Artists Ford Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. Her poems, folding Spanish and Mojave into American English, yield an urgent and important new voice to the cannon of contemporary Americana poetry.
When My Brother Was an Aztec blends questions of identity and belonging against the background of Diaz’s reservation upbringing. Called “beautiful” by the New York Times Book Review, the collection was further praised by Coldfront as an illustration of Diaz’s “capacity for language and metaphor, while still heeding her personal experience.”
Diaz is also an advocate for the Mojave language and a director of the language preservation program at Fort Mojave. Her work with the three surviving fluent speakers of Mojave has been featured on news outlets including PBS NewsHour. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University, where she earned her MFA after playing professional basketball in Europe and Asia.
The Macondo Signature Reading Series at the Guadalupe aims to bring writers to San Antonio to share and honor contemporary voices and offer master classes with writers whose work builds community and works toward nonviolent social change. Our focus is to highlight traditionally marginalized voices and work that promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary Chicano, Latino and Native American arts and culture.
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Macondistas receive a 25% discount!
This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.