Natalie Singer has been published in a number of journals, magazines and newspapers, including Literary Mama, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, ParentMap, Alligator Juniper, and Full Grown People. Her work is included in the anthology Love & Profanity: A Collection of True, Tortured, Wild, Hilarious, Concise, and Intense Tales of Teenage Life published by Switch Press. She won the 2013 Pacific Northwest Writers Association nonfiction award, and was a finalist for the 2016 Red Hen Press and Autumn House Press nonfiction awards. She has taught writing at a state psychiatric facility for youth and at a juvenile detention center, and she has worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor. As a writer-in-residence at On the Boards, a contemporary performing arts collective in Seattle, her responses to performances have created a bridge of dialogue between artists and the community. Natalie earned her MFA in creative writing and poetics from the University of Washington. She was born in Montreal, lives in Seattle, and dreams of California.
California Calling split my heart open and reminded me how much immigrations matter, how much we all carry the traces of 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