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LaTasha Diggs Honored with 2016 Creative Capital Award

The 2016 Creative Capital Awardees have been announced, and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (MFA Writing 2008, California College of the Arts) has been named an awardee in the Literature category for her project Global Studies, a collection of poems and flash prose that mimes the textbook structure to examine the ambiguity of history.

According to the Creative Capital website, the nonprofit invests in artists who shape the future. It has awarded $40 million to 642 groundbreaking artists nationwide through funding, counsel, and career development services.

Three distinct categories distinguish the 46 projects (Emerging Fields, Literature, and Performing Arts), and this year only six grantees represent the literature component.

Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists’ projects that are bold, innovative, and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.

A native of Harlem, writer, vocalist, and sound artist Diggs is the author of Twerk (Belladonna Press, 2013) and three chapbooks:Ichi-Ban, Ni-Ban (MOH Press), and Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna Press). She also is credited with the albumTelevision.

Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at The Kitchen, Museum of Modern Art, Exit Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1, and the Walker Art Center.