Denise Chávez, Natalie Díaz and Patricia Preciado Martin are three celebrated authors whose novels, poems, and oral histories provide unique perspectives and indigenous visions of the borderlands. Each of these writers will present samplings of their works that will broaden understanding of and appreciation for borderlands communities.
Chávez, a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico is a novelist (The Last of the Menu Girls, Loving Pedro Infante, The King and Queen of Comezon), performance artist and bookseller whose award-winning works offer a portrayal of life in the US-Mexico border region from a female, Mexican American perspective. Díaz, a native of Needles, California, grew up on the Fort Mohave Indian Reservation. She is a poet whose work When My Brother Was an Aztec has been awarded the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize. Preciado Martin is a native Tucsonan, whose oral histories describe both urban and rural life in southwest Arizona as seen through the eyes of working class, Mexican American people.