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.

Awards and Accomplishments

2017: The 2017 Crystal Ruth Bell Residency - "Care" is awarded to LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, for her poetry and performance proposal, The Feeling Is Mutual. The residency will take place in Beijing, China.

2016: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is one of five US artists selected to participate in the 2016 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. Since the program’s inception in 1978, 160 U.S. artists, representing a diverse range of disciplines, have been selected to travel to Japan for this residency. Each year five leading U.S.-based artists, representing all genres, are selected to spend three to five months in Japan. This program allows the artists to research and experience both the traditional and contemporary artistic milieu of Japan. Artists are free to live anywhere in Japan to pursue activities of greatest relevance to their creative process.

2016: In 2016, LaTasha was awarded a two-month residency at Instituto Sacatar. The residency located on Itaparica, off the coast of Salvador de Bahia, allowed her to continue work on an on-going bead and text project "a question of ancestry."

2014: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs awarded a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry. These Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.