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Join The Seattle Public Library for a fun evening of "Poems, Stories and Basketball." Description:
Natalie Diaz reads poems from her recent collection "When My Brother Was an Aztec" and Sherman Alexie reads stories from his latest book "Blasphemy." Short-story writer Shann Ray ("American Masculine") and novelist Jess Walter ("Beautiful Ruins") join to read selections from their latest works.
The four authors play basketball, a game that is a passion for all.
Basketball has long been a presence in Alexie’s work, public discourse (advocating for keeping the Sonics in town) and ongoing gym time. Diaz was a star guard at Old Dominion University, playing on all-star teams, and played pro basketball in Europe and Asia.
A Mojave and Pima tribe member, Diaz grew up on the banks of the Colorado River in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. Following her basketball career, she returned to Old Dominion to complete a poetry and fiction M.F.A. and live and work as director of a Mojave language revitalization program at the Fort Mojave Reservation.
Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. His books include "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," for which he won the National Book Award, and "War Dances," a collection of stories, essays and poems for which he received the PEN/Faulkner Award.