Originally from small-town Southeast Texas, Natalie Giarratano received her MFA and PhD in creative writing from Western Michigan University. Her first collection of poems, Leaving Clean, won the 2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry (Briery Creek Press, 2013), and her second collection, Big Thicket Blues is due out in 2017 (Sundress Publications). Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast, American Literary Review, Laurel Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others. D.A. Powell selected her work for inclusion in the 2011 edition of Best New Poets, and she won the 2011 Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from Southern California Review. She is an editor and lives in Northern Colorado with her partner, their daughter, and pup.
Publications and Prizes
Leaving Clean (Briery Creek Press, 2013)
2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry
2011 Ann Stanford Poetry Prize