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Mojave Indian Natalie Diaz to read at Portsmouth Campus

All free, public invited



HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (April 2, 2007) – Multi-faceted Natalie Diaz adds another dimension to Tidewater Community College’s diverse 2007 Literary Festival, April 16-19.


Diaz, born on the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, Calif., will read from her works on Wednesday, April 18, at noon in Waterfront Conference Room 520, in the Beazley Building at 7000 College Dr., Portsmouth, followed with a reception. 


Diaz played basketball at Old Dominion University on a full athletic scholarship and, upon graduating with a B.A. in English, played professional basketball in Europe and Asia. After a knee injury, she returned to ODU where she is a 2007 MFA candidate in both poetry and fiction. 


Her current projects include a poetry manuscript - Other Small Thunderings, a fiction manuscript - The Minds of Fish, and a Mojave translation project. She has been published in the North American Review, the Southeast Review, Pearl Magazine, and Touchstone


TCC’s 2007 Literary Festival focuses on 400 years of diverse American literature. For more Literary Festival information, visit the web site,, or contact TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122. For campus maps and driving directions, click Campus Maps.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit