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Poet Draws From Life On The Reservation

Poet Natalie Diaz
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Natalie Diaz grew up on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation. While many of those around her struggled with the lack of opportunities, she saw basketball as her way out.

Indeed, basketball got her though college. Playing professionally allowed her to travel all through Europe and Asia, and basketball informed her poetry as well, teaching her to gather strength and speed in her writing.

Natalie Diaz joins host Frank Stasio to speak about her first collection of poems, “When My Brother Was an Aztec” (Copper Canyon Press/ 2012).

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Shawn Wen joined the staff of The State of Things in March 2012 and served as associate producer until February 2014.
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