April 18, 2017
National YoungArts Foundation
Championing the female voice in all its fluidity this National Poetry Month, YoungArts' signature Salon Series presents Women and Words, in collaboration with O, Miami Poetry Festival. The series honors women in the literary arts and features award-winning poet, language activist, and educator Natalie Diaz, in conversation with YoungArts alumna and poet Delali Ayivor (2011 Winner in Writing and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts).
6:30 PM | COCKTAILS
7 PM | SALON TALK
Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Diaz played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to Old Dominion to earn an MFA. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious … beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.