Recommended by Rich Smith
Natalie Diaz is the author of the award-winning collection of poetry When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press). (She's also a very accomplished basketball player, but that's for another time.) Her other work involves doing cool things like partnering with Hugo House and the Poetry Foundation to create Poetry Across the Nations, "a community outreach program facilitated by Native women" who host readings and workshops to build "intercultural and intertribal" networks. While she's here, Muckleshoot poet Celeste Adame and Diaz will offer a free poetry workshop for Native writers. There will also be a reading, open to all, featuring Diaz, Suquamish poet Cedar Sigo (who has a couple very good collections out on Wave Books), East Shawnee poet and UW grad Laura Da', Muscogee poet Jennifer Foerster (Leaving Tulsa), and Acoma Pueblo poet Sara Ortiz. These poets employ a wide range of styles, from narrative stuff to hyper-lyrical stuff to wildly experimental stuff, so there will be something for everyone, provided your something involves good poetry.