Born and raised in Houston, Natalie grew up in a Southern Baptist family but eventually converted to Reform Judaism, a multiyear journey during which she also relocated to Michigan. Her writing deals with the intersections of faith, family, and place, and experiences of unbelonging.
An unlikely Jewish story from the heart of Michigan’s Bible Belt, Welcome to Replica Dodge compassionately considers whether Judaism can survive without a community, what it means to call a place home, and whether faith is like a physical attribute—something we are born with or without—or if it can be cultivated over time.
Natalie’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Michigan Quarterly, and Poetry International. She is the recipient of the 2010 Thompson/Scholl Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, as well as a Quintilian Excellence in Teaching Award from Purdue University, where she earned her MFA in 2010.
An avid runner, reader, and educator, Natalie lives with her husband and their children in Mason County, Michigan.
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