Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, CA. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. She is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the youngest chancellor ever elected to the Academy of American Poets. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was an American Book Award winner in 2021. Her second collection, Postcolonial Love Poem, won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Diaz has received a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellowship, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, and a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University creative writing MFA program and is director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands.