Arizona Poets: Natalie Diaz

Arizona Poets is a series featuring 20 poets from Arizona in honor of our 60th Anniversary. These poets have all visited the Poetry Center and recordings of those visits are available in our audiovisual archive, Voca. Click here to learn more about our anniversary and here to see the rest of this series

Natalie Diaz looks into the camera in front of a concrete wall at the Poetry Center
Photo by Cybele Knowles for the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Copyright © 2015 Arizona Board of Regents.

Natalie Diaz is the author most recently of Postcolonial Love Poem, which is a finalist for the National Book Award. A recipient of a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation, Diaz is a professor of English at Arizona State University and Director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe.

See more of Diaz's work on Voca.

isn’t this what God felt when he pressed together

the first Beloved: Everything.


From Postcolonial Love Poem. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2020. Read the full poem here.