LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

New York, NY

A writer, vocalist and performance/sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of Village (Coffee House Press, 2023) and TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Diggs has presented and performed at CalArts, 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; Ocean Space, Venice; International Poetry Festival of Romania; Question of Will, Slovakia; Poesiefestival, Berlin; and the 2015 Venice Biennale. As an independent curator, artistic director, and producer, Diggs has presented events for BAMCafé, Black Rock Coalition, El Museo del Barrio, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the David Rubenstein Atrium. Diggs has received a C.D. Wright Award for Poetry from the Foundation of Contemporary Art (2020), a Whiting Award (2016) and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (2015), as well as grants and fellowships from Cave Canem, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, among others. She lives in Harlem and teaches part-time at Brooklyn College and Barnard College.

Global Studies

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is a writer, vocalist, and sound artist who has composed a collection of songs, poems, and myths.

Artist Bio

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.

Award Year

In Progress