Lewis Center Past Fellows
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. In 2012 her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. In 2014, she was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Princeton Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Rez MFA program and lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, working with the last remaining speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language. She worked on her second poetry collection as a Hodder Fellow at Princeton from 2015-16.
NEWS + LINKS
“Natalie Diaz, Nikky Finney, and Tracy K. Smith Named Academy Chancellors in History Making Election” | Academy of American Poets, January 2021
Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz wins 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry | The Pulitzer Prizes, June 2021
“Erdrich, Diaz Among 2021 Pulitzer Prize Winners” | Publisher’s Weekly, June 11, 2021