Natalie Singer is the author of the memoir CaliforniaCalling: A Self-Interrogation (Hawthorne Books, March 2018). Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in journals, magazines, and newspapers including Proximity, Lit Hub, Hypertext, Literary Mama, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, ParentMap, Alligator Juniper, Brain, Child, Largehearted Boy, The Nervous Breakdown, The Cut, Full Grown People and the 2015 anthology Love and Profanity. Natalie has been the recipient of several awards, including the Pacific Northwest Writers Association nonfiction prize and the Alligator Juniper nonfiction prize. California Calling was first runner up for the Red Hen Press nonfiction prize and a finalist for the Autumn House Press nonfiction prize. Natalie has taught writing inside Washington State’s psychiatric facility for youth and Seattle’s juvenile detention center, and she has worked as a journalist at newspapers around the West. She is a 2017-2018 writer-in-residence at On the Boards, a contemporary performing arts collective in Seattle, where her writing responds to the season’s works and creates a conversation with the community. Natalie earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington. Originally from Montreal, she lives in Seattle. (@Natalie_Writes)



California Calling split my heart open and reminded me how much immigrations matter, how much we all carry the traces of other worlds.

Lidia Yuknavitch
Author of The Chronology of Water

California Calling is a lyrical self-interrogation of obsession, emigration, and identity. Natalie Singer’s story opens in a courtroom on a witness stand, where she’s forced to testify in a family breakup that changes the course of her life. At sixteen Natalie emigrates from Montreal and the...Forward

Readings and events

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at 7:00 pm|

Natalie Singer University Book Store

Join Natalie Singer for a discussion on writing about place as character with three other Seattle authors who have also recently released exciting new books: Jennifer Haupt, Anca L. Szilagyi, and Priscilla Long. The event will be moderated by University Book Store’s Terry Tazioli.

locationUniversity Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle , WA 98105

Sunday, 20 May 2018 at 4:00 pm|

Natalie Singer at Why There are Words PDX Reading Series

Please join Natalie Singer, author of California Calling: A Self-Interrogation, who will be reading from her new memoir at the monthly Why There are Words PDX reading series with five other authors to be announced. May’s reading theme is “Pollinate” and there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

locationLeach Botanical Garden
6704 SE 122nd Ave., Portland , OR 97236


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