The fifth edition of Crossfade Lab will stage an intimate conversation between acclaimed Arizona Mojave poet Natalie Diaz and two time Latin Grammy award-winning Mexican songwriter and musician (and former Phoenix local) Carla Morrison. Moderated by CALA Crossfade Lab co-curator and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Josh Kun, our evening will be an experimental mix of words and music, exploring the connections between themes central to both Diaz and Morrison: desire and love, land and family, and traditions that bend, bear witness, and sometimes break.
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. 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. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program. She splits her time between the east coast and Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works to revitalize the Mojave language.
From Tecate, Baja California, Carla Morrison is a two time Latin Grammy award-winning songwriter and musician (and former Phoenix local) . She played in numerous rock bands, including Babaluca in Phoenix, before striking out on her own in 2009 with her debut EP Aprendiendo a Aprender. Her debut full-length album Mientras Tú Dormías…, produced by Natalia Lafourcade, was released the following year. Another EP, Jugando en Serio, appeared in 2011, leading the way for her second studio album Déjenme Llorar in 2012. Her latest album, Amor Supremo, was released in October 2015.