"It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there." -William Carlos Williams
Natalie Diaz's first collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. She grew up in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, and is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community. After playing professional basketball in Europe and Asia for several years, she completed an MFA in poetry and fiction from Old Dominion University in 2007. She currently lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, and directs a language revitalization program at Fort Mojave, working with the last Elder speakers of the Mojave language.
Sarah Vap is the author of four collections, the most recent being Arco Iris (Saturnalia Books, 2012). Her second collection, American Spikenard (University of Iowa Press) won the 2006 Iowa Poetry Prize. Dummy Fire (Saturnalia Books, 2007) was the winner of the 2006 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, selected by Forrest Gander. She is currenly completing a Ph.D. at the University of Southern California and lives in Santa Monica.
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Hitched: The Poetry of Emerging Counterparts is a monthly series hosted by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo at Beyond Baroque Literary / Arts Center in Venice, California.