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Often we create a binary world of image-building, in which wildness is the enemy of perfection. We set out to find the “perfect” image to show our stories, thus shutting out the wildness in our minds. Yet it is in the wild space between our reaching toward the image and the actual image where a poem or story happens. In this generative class, we will push into our own wildernesses and toward precision in our images.
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 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.