5) NPR: MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winner Natalie Diaz works to help preserve the Mojave language (5 min. audio)


Every year, about two dozen extraordinary people receive the MacArthur “Genius” Grant, a $625,000 grant given out over a period of years with no strings attached. The foundation awards those who "show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work." This year, two Latinas were chosen as grant winners. One of those is poet Natalie Diaz who speaks here with NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji about her work, which focuses on social justice issues and her Mojave and Latina heritage. Natalie published a critically acclaimed poetry collection in 2012 called "When My Brother Was an Aztec" that address the problems indigenous communities face in this country - poverty, addiction and deep family trauma. I highly recommend sharing her work with any Latinx artists you know who need inspiration. Check out her website here and here's a past interview on PBS from 2012.


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