Gomorrah, BabyAnchor & Plume, January 2017 [Fiction and photography]

Shine a light, the light won’t pass, MIEL, June 2015 [Essays]


Vestin, Natalie. “Unnatural Acts: A Primer.” The Spirit of Disruption: Landmark Essays from The Normal School, edited by Steven Church, Outpost 19, 2018

Vestin, Natalie “What Never Happened.” Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge, edited by Clare O’Neill, 2012

Visual art

We Were Here: Cigarette/DeadheadsThe Hopper, April 2016 [Ink on paper]

We Were Here: Snake/MandibleThe Hopper, April 2016 [Ink on paper]

Visual essay

Three HillsNewfound, March 2019

Four SleepscapesAtlas and Alice, February 2019

The Flockformercactus, issue 13, November 2018

Dirty EntryNoble / Gas Qtrly, issue 205.3, 2018 (winner of the 2018 Birdwhistle Prize in Nonfiction)

BlótTerritory, 2018

Nonfiction, Poetry, and Hybrid

We Insist on All of Our Selves, Consequence, Spring 2023

Rosarium, The Hopper, Fall 2022

Reconciliation/PropitiationAôthen Magazine, Summer 2022

The Breast of a Little Bird, Relief: A Journal of Art and Faith, Spring 2020

CrushBirdcoat Quarterly, 2020

Optical Illusions of the Lower Atmosphere, Pleiades, 2020

The HalvesVirga, issue four, fall 2018

The Butterfly Box, great weather for MEDIA, 2018

The Giants of Mountain Iron, Passages North, 2017

90s Recovery Project #1: A Girl with a Needle in Her Eye, The Collapsar, September 2016

this. is everything.Wildness, April 2016

Amok, Timber Journal, 2015

Reductionist Confessions, Image, June 2015

Dance It Viscous, Lumina, volume XIV, 2015

The Word for the Gone Place in the Belly, The Collapsar, December 2014

Unnatural Acts: A Primer, The Normal School, Fall 2014

Sea of Crises, 1966, Spring 2014

How Beautiful Things Hide Themselves, Temenos, Fall 2013

Accidents, South Loop Review, Fall 2013

It Hates Its Double Bond, Bellingham Review, issue 67, Fall 2013

Forms of Wanting, Water~Stone Review, Fall 2013

Again-Walker, The Iowa Review, August 2013

If You Can’t Take It, Puerto del Sol, Summer 2013

How to Own a Building, Prairie Schooner, Spring 2013 (winner of the 2012 Creative Nonfiction Prize)

Compound, Fracture, Crab Orchard Review, Winter/Spring 2013 (winner of the 2013 John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize)

The Ones Who Burned, Poydras Review, Winter 2012

The Attraction of Physical Bodies, Sonora Review, issue 62, 2012 (winner of the 2012 Essay Prize)

Everything Here Belongs Somewhere, Switchback, November 2012

Blood Magic, Apeiron Review, issue 1, August 2012

For a While, For the Summer, Identity Theory, March 2012

Osama Pecha Kucha, Chautauqua Literary Journal, 2012

Under Ground, Alligator Juniper, 2012

Blog posts

From 2015 to 2017, I was a regular contributor to Image Journal‘s Good Letters blog. I wrote about faith, science, art, and walking around cities. You can read all of those posts over here.


Noble / Gas Qtrly 2018 Birdwhistle Prize in Nonfiction

First Prize, Crab Orchard Review 2013 John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize

First Prize, Prairie Schooner 2012 Creative Nonfiction Contest, selected by Steven Church

First Prize, Sonora Review 2012 Essay Contest, selected by Lia Purpura

Winner, Loft Literary Center 2010-2011 Mentor Series, selected by Patricia Weaver Francisco and Toi Derricotte