Natalie has a M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA, and is a graduate of Warren Wilson Colleges MFA Program for Writers where she was a Holden Minority Scholar. An early version of Queen Sugar won the Hurston Wright College Writers Award, was a co-runner up in the Faulkner Pirates Alley Novel-in-Progress competition, and excerpts were published in Cairn and ZYZZYVA.
She has had residencies at the Ragdale Foundation where she was awarded the Sylvia Clare Brown fellowship, Virginia Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook. Her non-fiction work has appeared in The Rumpus.net, Mission at Tenth, and in The Best Womens Travel Writing Volume 9. She is a former fiction editor at The Cortland Review, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto. Natalie grew up in Southern California and lives in San Francisco with her family.
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