Natalie Diaz & John Freeman
Two deeply talented, engaged poets hold forth together this evening, reading from and discussing their work. Mojave poet Natalie, already a favorite with audiences in Seattle and around the country, makes a welcome return, as does John Freeman, in this first Seattle visit as a poet. Natalie Diaz is author of When My Brother Was an Aztec and John Freeman’s debut collection is Maps (both books from Copper Canyon Press). John Freeman is also here as an editor - of both the anthology, A Tale of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation (Penguin), which includes work by Natalie Diaz and others, including Seattle writer Timothy Egan. John Freeman also has a new edition of Freeman’s out, this “The Future of New Writing” (Grove Press).
“This debut collection is a fast-paced tour of Mojave life. In darkly humorous poems, Diaz illuminates far corners of the heart.”—Publishers Weekly on When My Brother Was an Aztec.
“Indeed the collection maps love with the same fervor it does war, though the poems are drawn tight and reverent, and are studded with references to ugly externalities, as if to claim love in the singular would be to confess to a flaw of the spirit ... “ - Ru Freeman, Huffington Post.
As part of this Seattle visit, Natalie Diaz, Jennifer Foerester, Ydalmi Noriega, and other Native poets will present a number of programs coordinated by Hugo House, December 6 -8. These include a December 7 poetry reading, Poetry Across the Nations, December 7 at Fred Wildlife Refuge with Cedar Sigo, Celeste Adame, Casandra Lopez, Laura Da’, and Sara Ortiz joining Natalie Diaz and the others. Please see Hugo House for more information.
This evening co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY and COPPER CANYON PRESS. Free admission.