FullSizeRenderHi, I’m Natalie. I’m a writer, artist, and science/medical researcher from Saint Paul, Minnesota.

I work as a freelance writer and researcher, primarily interested in science communication, infectious disease tracking, virus evolution, and public health infrastructure. I have a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, where my work on the epidemiology of homicide won the 2007 Best Master’s Project Award. You can take a look at my professional CV here.

If you’d like to work on a project together (or just chat about virions), please feel free to get in touch at natalie.vestin (at) gmail (dot) com.

My nonfiction work on anatomy, contemporary dance, and the Midwest has been published in The Normal School, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. My essays have won the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Award, the Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Award, and the Sonora Review Essay Award. I received a 2013 residency from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, where I fell unexpectedly in love with Nebraska.

My nonfiction chapbook, Shine a light, the light won’t pass, was written on residency in Nebraska and was published by MIEL in June 2015. My fiction and photography chapbook, Gomorrah, Baby, is forthcoming from Anchor & Plume in November 2016. You can see my artist resume here.

E.A. Farro and I draw and write love letters to science every week over here. We’ve most recently been smitten with tidal pools, sesamoid bones, diatoms, and pavement ant mounds.