Reading & Book Signing with Natalie Diaz, Saretta Morgan, and Joe Jiménez.
Join us for an evening of groundbreaking contemporary poetry at The Twig Book Shop this Wednesday, December 13th from 6-7:30pm. Gemini Ink is thrilled to be hosting award-winning poet Natalie Diaz, Brooklyn-based poet and memoirist Saretta Morgan, and local talent Joe Jiménez for a reading and wine reception. A Book signing follows the reading.
Natalie Diaz, a member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes, attended Old Dominion University on a full athletic scholarship. After playing professional basketball in Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey she returned to ODU for an MFA in writing. Her publications include Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Crab Orchard Review, among others. Her highly-acclaimed first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. Diaz teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Residency MFA program and lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, working with the last remaining Mojave speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language. Her work was selected by Natasha Trethewey for Best New Poets and she has received the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. She lives in Surprise, Arizona.
Saretta Morgan is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has designed interactive, text-based experiences for The Whitney Museum of American Art, Dia Beacon, and the Tenri Cultural Institute. Her chapbooks, Elegy Against an Obscured Interior (2017) and Feeling Upon Arrival (2018) are forthcoming from Portable Press and Ugly Duckling Press, respectively. Morgan received her MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has been published in The Guardian and elsewhere. Here is an interview with her in Apogee Journal: The Felt House that Moves Us: A Conversation with Saretta Morgan.
Joe Jiménez is the author of The Possibilities of Mud (Korima 2014) and Bloodline (Arte Público 2016), a young adult novel. Jiménez received the 2016 Letras Latinas/ Red Hen Press Poetry Prize and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Listen to Joe read an excerpt of his novel Bloodline.