Creative Writing

Art by Tessa Hulls for On the Boards

Recent Projects

2016-2018 Writer in residence, On the Boards Seattle. At this contemporary performing arts collective in Seattle, my critical responses to the season’s performances create a bridge of dialogue between artists and the community. Watch this space for five creative responses and an artist profile throughout the season:

2015/2016 Pongo Poetry Mentor, Washington Child Study and Treatment Center and King County juvenile detention. Read more and see work I produced while teaching on the inside.

2016/2017 Alumni Ambassador and editor of After the MFA, University of Washington, Bothell MFA Creative Writing and Poetics program.

2016 LitCrawl Reading: Father, Mother, Other. Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Seattle. Selected as a Crosscut pick.


First Runner Up, Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award, California Calling, January 2017

Finalist, Autumn House Press book manuscript contest, for my memoir manuscript California Calling, June 2016.

April 2016, honorable mention, “There Is But One Choice: Confession or Some Form of Extinction,” AWP Intro Journals Project.

Winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2013 Literary Contest, 1st Prize Memoir/Nonfiction, “California Calling.”

Winner of the Alligator Juniper 2013 Nonfiction Writing Contest, “How to Be Analog.”

“A Kingdom Like No Other” – Second Place Winner in the 2011 Nonfiction Writing Contest at Torrey House Press


Public reading and event curation, ‘Father, Mother, Other,’ Seattle Lit Crawl, October 2016, Velocity Dance Center, Seattle.

Public reading, March 2016, International Women’s Day, Northwest Film Forum Seattle.

Public reading, “Lucky 13,” November 2015, Ballard Writers Collective.


Natalie’s work has been anthologized including in the 2015 YA collection Love & Profanity: A Collection of True, Tortured, Wild, Hilarious, Concise, and Intense Tales of Teenage Life. Her creative and critical writing and poetry has been published in journals, magazines and newspapers including The Washington PostNew York Magazine, Literary Mama, Brain Child, Full Grown People, Clamor, ParentMap, This Great Society, and Alligator Juniper.


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