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Natalie Diaz: 2022 Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture
March 16 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
March 16th at 4:30pm
2022 Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture – Natalie Diaz, Arizona State University
Nyumuuhank: we see each other: a holding across bodies of land, language, and water
To be “of consequence” is another way to think about relationality, a word often used as a shorthand which erases the labor required to enact it. To whom and to what are we of consequence? When we say speech or language, whose tongue do we mean, and in what state of longing? What can it mean to say a language has no future in it (as Sixo in Toni Morrison’s Beloved said), and what other bodies in/of language must we turn toward or back to?
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 her second book, Postcolonial Love Poem, was published by Graywolf Press in March 2020. 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.