LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Faculty

My work is invested in the sonic, visual, tangible ties that connect us as human beings and how they inform and transform language. My work, experimental and performance based, is always reexamining history, both personal and global.

  • MFA, Writing/Video, California College of the Arts, 2008
  • BS, Social Studies/Secondary Ed., New York University, 2003
  • AA, Liberal Arts/Ethnic Studies, Borough Manhattan Community College, 1997

Contact

Course Sampling

  • ENCW 617: Advanced, Poetry in the Expanded Field
  • ENCW 619: Final Project, Poetry in the Expanded Field

Areas of Expertise

  • Experimental Poetics
  • Procedural Poetics
  • Translingual Poetics
  • Performance

Biography

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is a poet and sound artist. Her multilingual work addresses themes of global inequality, displacement, and forced migration.

Diggs's first full-length collection of poetry, TwERK, was published by Belladonna* in 2013. She self-published the chapbooks Ichi-Ban: from the files of muneca morena linda (MOH Press, 1998) and Ni-Ban: Villa Miseria (MOH Press, 2001), and the album, Televisíon (MOH Press, 2002).

Her work has appeared in anthologies including Freely frayed: Translingual Poetics (hochroth publishers europe, 2019); Letters to the Future: Black Women/Radical Writing (Kore Press, 2018); The Golden Shovel Anthology (University of Arkansas Press, 2017); The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015); The Force of What's Written: Accessibility & The Avant Garde (Night Boat Books, 2014); Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry (Rebel Satori Press, 2011); Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem (University of Michigan Press, 2006); and Everything But the Burden (Broadway Books, 2003). She has been published in magazines and journals including: Arroyo Review, Art21 Magazine, Black Renaissance Noire, Coldfront Magazine, Fence, jubilat, Mandorla: New Writings from the Americas, The New Sound: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Arts and Literature, and Ploughshares.

Diggs has presented and performed at California Institute of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, The Museum of Modern Art, and Walker Art Center and at festivals including: Explore the North Festival, Leeuwarden, Netherlands; Hekayeh Festival, Abu Dhabi; International Poetry Festival of Copenhagen; Poesiefestival, Berlin; and the 2015 Venice Biennale.

As an independent curator, artistic director, and producer, Diggs has presented literary and musical events for BAMCafe', Black Rock Coalition, El Museo del Barrio, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the David Rubenstein Atrium. As a vocalist, she has worked with Guillermo E. Brown, Rashida Bumbray, Burnt Sugar, Gabri Christa, Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, DJ Logic, Lisa E. Harris, Vijay Iyer, Val Jeanty, Mike Ladd, Paloma McGregor, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Vernon Reid, Towa Tei, and Edwin Torres.

Diggs has received a 2020 C.D. Wright Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a Whiting Award (2016) and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (2015), as well as grants and fellowships from Cave Canem, Creative Capital, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, among others.

Research

  • Translingualism
  • Black Literature
  • Indigenous Literature
  • Performance
  • Textiles/Fiber Art
  • Hip-Hop/House Music culture

Publications

  • 56-26 Morton Street, Freely Frayed: Translingual Poetics, Uljana Wolf & Christian Hawkey ed., hochroth publishing house, Berlin, 2019
  • THOUgHT spoRtS, citybooks (e-book), Brussels/Netherlands, 2019
  • Trix Are For Kids / SPBH PAMPHLET V, Self Publish Be Happy, London, UK 2014
  • TwERK, Belladonna Collaborative, Brooklyn, New York 2013
  • Manuel is Destroying My Bathroom, Belladonna Collaborative
  • Villa Miseria, chapbook, MOH Press, New York, 2001
  • Ichi-Ban: from the files of muneca morena linda, MOH Press, New York, 1998