First Meeting of "Precision Through Wildness: Building The Emotional Image"

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 6:00am to 9:00am
Poetry Center - Helen S. Schaefer Building 1508 East Helen Street (At Vine Avenue) Tucson, AZ 85721 United States

Online registration for this course now available here.

Taught by Natalie Diaz
Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $75

An image is more than what we “show” our readers—it is story, it is history, it is emotion. When we seek the “perfect” image, we filter our writing and cut ourselves off from the possibilities of meaning and emotion—the things that make both the writer and the reader feel. In this generative workshop for all genres, we will move through a series of readings and exercises that will free us to identify our images and help us break away from what we think we know about those images so we can discover what they really means to us and what they can mean to our reader. We will leave the idea of “perfection” behind and set our images wild in order to build them more precisely, more emotionally.

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. She is a 2012 Bread Loaf Scholar, a recipient of a Lannan Residency in Marfa, Texas, and was awarded a 2012 Lannan Literary Fellowship, as well as a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Rez MFA program and splits her time between Brooklyn and Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, working with the last remaining speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language.