Classy Talk with Natalie Diaz

Posted Sun, 1/05/2014 - 12:57am by  |  Category:

What is the title of your class?
Precision Through Wildness: Building the Image

People should take this class if…
they want to demand more out of their images. If they have tails. If they have teeth and horns. Or know someone with these things.

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
I have a facebook page. Find me there.

Are any of your works online and available to the public?
Yes.

What’s your teaching philosophy?
I believe we should be accountable for the words we use, all the words we use, every word we use. We should know what it means and what it looks like, what it meant when it first meant itself. These are the bones of the image. The words. The sounds. The vibrations. The space between the word and what it means.

If you could only bring one novel, story, or poem to a deserted island, which would you bring and why?
The Bible. It has the most kindling.

What are you currently working on?
Second book of poetry, first book of short stories, Mojave language dictionary

If there was one piece of advice you could give an aspiring writer, what would it be? 
Don’t be satisified with language; it’s not supposed to be satisfying, it’s supposed to make you hungry. Be hungry.

What do you like best about Hugo House?
The creaky stairway. The people who get together there. The wine.

What are you reading now? If you could pair it with a beverage (alcoholic or otherwise), what would you choose?
I can pair it with a beverage. I am pairing it with a beverage. I’m reading Moby Dick. With sea water. With vodka cranberries. With Page Springs wine.