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Awardee: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Literature, 2016

A writer, vocalist and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013), a collection of songs, poems and myths. Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Walker Art Center. As an independent curator and artistic director, she has staged events at BAM Café, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and El Museo del Barrio and is the co-founder and co-editor of Coon Bidness/SO4 Magazine. A native of Harlem and Cave Canem fellow, LaTasha is the recipient of numerous awards, including New York Foundation for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Laundromat Project, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S.–Japan Friendship Commission.

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Project: Global Studies

Global Studies is a collection of poetry that mimes the history textbook in structure, but at a closer look, is quite the opposite. The texts examine the ambiguity of history while employing multiple languages, mistranslations and vernaculars. LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs will collaborate with a graphic artist to create charts, graphs and multiple-choice mini-quizzes that will all play a role in the book’s final manifestation. The text is occasionally written in the persona of an Indian interpreter, engaging Diggs’ personal history (her ninth great grandfather was apparently an Indian interpreter). Concerned with social media, the internet and the fragility of Wikipedia, the project investigates the ways certain historical and current events remain lost to translation, transcription, the archive and a hashtag.