F247. Natalie Diaz, Lucia Perillo, and Dean Young: Reading and Conversation, Sponsored by Copper Canyon Press

Ballroom E, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Natalie Diaz, author of When My Brother Was an Aztec, joins two of contemporary literature's leading poets, Lucia Perillo and Dean Young, for a reading and conversation. Perillo is a Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Young is the current Texas Poet Laureate, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Griffin Poetry Prize. The event concludes with a conversation between the poets, moderated by the Executive Editor of Copper Canyon Press, Michael Wiegers.



Michael Wiegers, a veteran of independent literary publishing for over two decades, is the executive editor of Copper Canyon Press, and the poetry editor of Narrative magazine. He translates poetry from Spanish and has edited poetry books from around the globe.

Dean Young is the author of fourteen books, including Fall Higher, The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction, and Elegy on Toy Piano. His work has been honored as finalists for both the Pulitzer Prize and Griffin Poetry Prize, and his most recent collection, Bender: New and Selected, was on the Los Angeles Times’ “Best of 2012” list. He is the William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas in Austin.

Natalie Diaz is Mojave and Pima. She was awarded 2012 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellowship, a 2012 Lannan Residency, and a 2012 Lannan Literary Fellowship. Her first book, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published in June 2012.

Lucia Perillo is the author of six books of poetry, including Inseminating the Elephants, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other honors include the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a MacArthur Fellowship. She currently resides in Olympia, Washington.


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