Originally from small-town Southeast Texas, Natalie Giarratano earned her MFA & Ph.D. in creative writing from Western Michigan University. She is the author of Big Thicket Blues (Sundress Publications, February 2017) and Leaving Clean, winner of the 2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry (Briery Creek Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in Sakura Review, Beltway Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, Tinderbox, Best New Poets, and TYPO, among others. A multi-genre editor, she lives near the foothills of Northern Colorado with her partner, their daughter, and old-man pup.
Maybe it was the poet in me who would cry at slow songs as a child because the music seemed sad (no matter what the lyrics might convey). Maybe the writer began in between Ramona and Beezus in a Beverly Cleary book or lost within the ornate descriptions of Tolkien’s The Hobbit. As a child, I read whatever I could get my hands on. And the worlds I created in my head were so much less bleak than the one created by my narcissistic father who could knock down his four daughters with a few stunting words. But I loved words. I wanted them to work for me, not against me. Writing stories and later on poetry became ways to reclaim and repurpose language.
I'm generally pulled in a million different directions and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Here's a glimpse of my life - hope you enjoy it! And if there's a big lapse between posts, well, that's the way life goes in Amy's world.