Natalie Diaz

Ross-Blakley Hall 341
PO Box 871401
Associate Professor
TEMPE Campus


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. She is a 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. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program. She splits her time between the East coast and Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works to revitalize the Mojave language.


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







Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 394 Special Topics
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 665 Creative Methods
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 387 Intermediate Workshop Poetry
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 598 Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 580 Practicum
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 387 Intermediate Workshop Poetry
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 664 Mixed Genres


  • "The Hand Has Twenty-Seven Bones", Best American Essays 2017, Notable Essay
  • Hugh J. Luke Award. Essay A Body of Athletics
  • Hodder Fellowship, Princeton University
  • United States Artists Ford Fellowship
  • Lannan Foundation Residency in Marfa, Texas
  • Civitella Ranieri Center Residency, PEN / Civitella Ranieri Foundation
  • Bread Loaf Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship in Poetry
  • Theodore H. Holmes 51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize, Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Creative Writing, Princeton University
  • PEN Open Book Award Finalist, for When My Brother Was an Aztec
  • The Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award for When My Brother Was an Aztec
  • Late Night Library 2013 Debut-Litzer Prize in Poetry for When My Brother Was an Aztec
  • Poetry Society of America New American Poets Award, selected by Adrian Matejka
  • Pushcart Prize for Cranes, Mafiosos, and a Polaroid Camera
  • Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship
  • Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Artist Literary Fellowship  Poetry
  • Narrative Prize for Poetry, Downhill Triolets
  • Bread Loaf Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry
  • Breath of Life Archival Institute Fellowship
  • Nimrod Literary Awards, Honorable Mention, Nimrod International Journal, The Elephants
  • Sean OFaolain Short Story Competition, runner-up, Southword, Ding No-Horse Danced



  • 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) 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) Lecturer, Creative Writing Program Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (Fall 2016) Thesis Advisor Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 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

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