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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Natalie Diaz to give Public Poetry Reading

Updated April 7, 2022 – For unforeseen circumstances, the Natalie Diaz poetry reading scheduled for tonight is canceled. If it becomes possible to reschedule the event, we will share additional information when it is available.


Pulitzer-Prize Winning Poet Natalie Diaz will be sharing her work during a virtual event with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign community.  

The poetry reading will be virtual and is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the public at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7.

Diaz received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In March 2020, Diaz’s second book Postcolonial Love Poem was published by Graywolf Press. Her first poetry collection is titled When My Brother Was an Aztec and was published by Copper Canyon Press.

Diaz is Mojave and is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. She received the Princeton Holmes National Poetry Prize and served as a 2018 MacArthur Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow, and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow.

The event is sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute and the Program in American Indian Studies. It is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Event information


Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please email Lydia Allen at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

More information about the speaker

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.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the United States Artists, where she is an alumna 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.