Abel Melghem

Q&A with Natalie Diaz


A member of the Mojave and Pima Native American tribes of the southwest, award-winning poet Natalie Diaz expresses the struggles and successes of her culture through her work. Diaz spoke about her writings Sept. 12 at the Wittliff Collections in Alkek Library.

AM: What inspired you to write poetry?
ND: I grew up with four brothers and sisters in my house. Growing up, my family always told stories about the world around us, and for me that started my interest in poetry. After I hurt my knee playing basketball, I started to focus more on my writing and that eventually led me to becoming a poet.

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