Arizona State University Associate Professor Natalie Diaz has been named the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University.
The endowed chair provides funds for an ASU professor in the Department of English who is “a major poet and rising star in the field of American poetry” to use for research, travel, and other scholarly activities. The money also supports graduate research assistantships to strengthen student recruitment and the teaching and learning of poetry.
“Natalie Diaz was, even before I came to ASU, one of my favorite poets,” said Jeffrey Cohen, dean of humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, of which the Department of English is an academic unit. “Her works ‘Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Rezervation’ and ‘It Was the Animals’ have frequently visited my classroom (and one is in my book project in progress).
“The Marshall family wanted to honor through the endowment the best in contemporary poetry,” Cohen continued, “so I cannot imagine a better choice than Professor Diaz.”
The Marshall Chair is named in honor of Maxine Besser Marshall (Sociology ’76) and Jonathan Marshall, former newspaper publishers and prominent Valley philanthropists.