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Natalie Diaz

Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401

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. Diaz's second collection, Postcolonial Love Poem is forthecoming from Graywolf Press in 2020. She is a Macarthur Foundation Fellow, Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a U.S. Artists Ford Fellowship, and Princeton University's Hodder Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program. 


M.F.A. Poetry and Fiction, Old Dominion University 2007






Fall 2021
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ENG 594Conference and Workshop
Spring 2021
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IED 498Pro-Seminar
Fall 2020
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ENG 498Pro-Seminar
Fall 2019
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ENG 498Pro-Seminar
Spring 2019
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ENG 594Conference and Workshop
Fall 2018
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ENG 394Special Topics
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 665Creative Methods
Spring 2018
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ENG 387Intermediate Workshop Poetry
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 598Special Topics
Fall 2017
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ENG 580Practicum
Honors / Awards: 

Fellowships and Honors

  • 2019 Amanda Davis Returning Fellow, Breadloaf Writer's Conference
  • 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow
  • 2016 Rupert Residency Programm, Vilnus, Lithuania 
  • 2015-2016 Hodder Fellowship, Princeton University
  • 2014 United States Artists Ford Fellowship
  • 2014 PEN Fellow, Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, Italy
  • 2014 Bread Loaf Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship in Poetry
  • 2014 Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University
  • 2012,2014 Lannan Foundation Residency, Marfa, TX
  • 2013 American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation, When My Brother Was an Aztec
  • 2013 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Artist Literary Fellowship – Poetry
  • 2012 Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship
  • 2012 Bread Loaf Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry
  • 2012 Breath of Life Archival Institute Fellowship

Awards and Prizes

  • Best American Essays 2017, Notable Essay for "The Hand Has Twenty-Seven Bones"
  • 2015 Hugh J. Luke Award. Essay for “A Body of Athletics”
  • 2014 Pushcart Prize for “Cranes, Mafiosos, and a Polaroid Camera”
  • 2013 PEN Open Book Award Finalist for When My Brother Was an Aztec
  • 2013 Late Night Library Debut-Litzer Prize in Poetry for When My Brother Was an Aztec
  • 2013 New American Poets Selection, Poetry Society of America
  • 2012 Narrative Prize for Poetry for “Downhill Triolets”


  • A Body of Athletics. Poetry Anthology. University of Nebraska Press (forthcoming) 
  • Editor,  Prairie Schooner Winter 2015 Issue: Sports Theme
Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

Visiting Poet, New Writers MFA Program, University of Texas, Austin, TX (Fall 2017); Thesis Advisor, Michener Center, University of Texas, Austin (2018); Visiting Professor, Creative Writing MFA Program University of Texas, El Paso (Online) (Spring 2017); Lecturer, Creative Writing Program New York University, New York, NY (Fall 2016); Thesis Advisor Texas State University, San Marcos, TX (present); MFA Faculty Instructor Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM (2013-2017); Director and Mojave Language Instructor, Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, Needles, CA, and Mohave Valley, AZ (2009-2016); Point Scholar Foundation Mentor in Literature (2014)

  • Director, [archi]Text conversation and event series, (2017-present)
  • Board of Trustees, United States Artists Foundation, (2018-2020)
  • Co-Founder, Poetry Across Nations, (2017-present)
  • Co-Curator, Words for Water, (2017)
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