Photo Credit: Suz Lipman Photography

Meryl Natchez

b. 1948

Current City, State, Country

California, USA

Birth City, State, Country

New York, USA


Meryl Natchez’ fourth book, Catwalk, with blurbs from Jericho Brown, Lynn Emanuel, & David St. John received an Indie Best Book 2020 Award from Kirkus Reviews. Natchez’ work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, LA Review of Books, Hudson Review, Terrain, West Trestle, Poetry Northwest, Literary Matters, The American Journal of Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, ZYZZYVA, and others.

What is the relationship between Judaism and/or Jewish culture and your poetry?

Writing poetry is the way I make sense of the complex, often contradictory world. I feel this comes directly out of the tradition of questioning that is embedded in Judiasm.

Published Works

Catwalk (Longship Press, 2020)
Poems from the Stray Dog Cafe: Akhmatova, Mandelstam and Gumilev (hit & run press, 2013)
Jade Suit (hit & run press, 2001)
Tadeusz Borowski: Selected Poems(hit & run press, 1990)

Author Site

Links to Sample Works

Video Reading


Radcliffe College, 1966-1968
Community of Writers, 1987 and other years until 2013

Languages of Publication(s) and Poets Translated

Russian: Akhmatova, Gumilev, Mandelstam; Polish: Tadeusz Borowski; Spanish--various

Subject Matter