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Press on First Blood

Rochford Street Review

"First Blood illuminates, enthrals and moves. It deserves to be savoured."
- Dominique Hecq, Read more here

StylusLit

"This is highly cerebral poetry that nevertheless hits you in the guts."

- Alison Clifton  Read more here

Writing WA

"Natalie D-Napoleon’s words go straight for the heart of the reader...."

- Writing WA  Read more here

Video - Reading "A Hollow in the Bones"
from the Fire and Mud reading in Ventura, CA, USA.

Lucy Dougan, Poet

"This poet is in possession of a distinctive voice and they have really struck on a subject matter that engages both them and the reader."  

John Kinsella, Poet

"'First Blood: A Sestina' is an unsettling poem...a critique of self and society in terms of the female body, a strong undoing of form working hand-in-hand with the application of that form, the sestina.” 

Debut Poetry Book

First Blood

In First Blood, Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize winner Natalie D-Napoleon brings us a collection of poems that challenge our preconceptions of girlhood. Girls are sung about the world over, yet the selfhood of girls remains unknown: ‘her body was not hers, a stitch / of animal, a pinch of dirt, a girl / is made of words plus liquid minus time’.

OUT NOW THROUGH GINNINDERRA PRESS.

Purchase the book here.

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Poetry Chapbook

Border Crossings:

Immigration advice for those attempting to

cross borders

Border Crossings: Immigration advice for those attempting to cross borders, is a pamphlet of poetry as advice. Through erasure poetry Border Crossings asks questions about our how we define ourselves, raising issues about our tenuous understandings of nationality, borders and the circumstances of migration.

These are poems both created and found. Revealing and concealing.

OUT NOW through BLURB Books. Purchase the chapbook HERE.

Recent Poetry Anthology

I Protest! Poems of Dissent

Stephen Matthews (editor)

In these poems of protest and dissent are to be found anger, anxiety, compassion, insight and sharp observation, expressed in the way that is the special gift of poets. There’s humour too, to leaven the more serious poems. I Protest! once again demonstrates the Australia-wide breadth of talent in the ranks of poets who have been published by Ginninderra Press. This is a collection to savour, to ponder and to celebrate.

Purchase here

Sculpture Poems

Los Cementeros 69 and Sound of Borders

Two of Natalie's erasure poems - "Los Cementeros 69" and "The Sound of Borders" - were published in Poetry WTF!'s Sculpture Poems edition. Read the poems here.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Natalie D-Napoleon is a writer, singer-songwriter and educator from Fremantle, Australia who lived in the United States for a decade.

 

Natalie holds a MA in Writing from Swinburne University and worked a Coordinator at a Writing Centre in a city college in California. Currently she is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing. Her poetry has appeared in Cordite, The Australian (Review), Entropy, Griffith Review, StylusLit, Southerly 

and Australian Poetry Journal.

 

In addition to he poetry, Natalie's essays and creative non-fiction have been published in Westerly, Meanjin, StylusLit, The Manifest-Station, LA Yoga Magazine, Larry Smith's The Best Advice in Six Words, and Writer's Digest

 

She is a two-time finalist for the Penelope Niven Prize in Creative Nonfiction, and her poem 'First Blood' won the 2018 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize through the University of Southern Queensland. In 2019 she won the KSP Poetry Prize for "If There is a Butterfly That Drinks Tears".

In addition to her literary pursuits, Natalie is a singer-songwriter who has toured Australia, Europe and the United States - www.nataliednapoleon.net

 

 

AWARDS

If There is a Butterfly That Drinks Tears

Winner | 2019 Katharine Susannah Prichard Poetry Award

When You Need to Start Again

Commended | 2019 City of Mundaring Poetry Prize

First Blood: A Sestina 

First Place | 2018 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize  |  Australia

Bhreus

Winner | Annette Cameron Award for an Unpublished WA Poet | 2018 Katharine Susannah Prichard Poetry Award | Australia

 

Whenever You Need to Start Again

Highly Commended | Annette Cameron Award for an Unpublished WA Poet  | 2018 Katharine Susannah Prichard Poetry Award  | Australia

 

Border Crossings: Immigration advice for those attempting to cross borders

Finalist | 2018 Laurel Review Midwest Chapbook Prize | USA

 

Finding Napoleon 

Finalist | Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award  |  2018 International Literary Awards  |  USA

 

Crossing 

Finalist | Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award  |  2018 International Literary Awards  |  USA

 

First Blood: A Sestina

Second Place | 2017 Katharine Susannah Prichard Poetry Award  |  Australia

 

The First Drug 

Commended | 2017 Katharine Susannah Prichard Poetry Award |  Australia

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

CREATIVE NON-FICTION

Crossing

Meanjin

Three Ways to Awaken Your Mind to Poetic Thinking

Writer's Digest

Six Lessons Learned from a Year of 101 Rejections

Writer's Digest

Ungraspable Loss

The Squeeze

I Used to Believe in Magic

The Manifest-Station

ARTICLES

 

Farm Stay USA

Santa Barbara News-Press

 

Desert Art Magic

Santa Barbara News-Press

 

All You Need is Love

Santa Barbara News-Press

 

A Peddle Powered Van-cation

Santa Barbara News-Press

 

Street Food Fast

Santa Barbara News-Press

 

The Gaviota Coast: Last Jewel of Southern California

LA Yoga Magazine


Shaken To The Core

LA Yoga Magazine

POETRY

Definition wog (n); a thing

Griffith Review

When You Need to Start Again

Right Now

First Blood

In Your Hands (Red Room Poetry Anthology)

If There is a Butterfly That Drinks Tears

The Weekend Australian (Review)

Night-blooming Cereus

Cordite (Earth Issue)

A Hollow in the Bones 

Psalms of Cinder & Silt, Solo Novo Vol. 7/8

 

Woman

Mountain Secrets (anthology) (Ginninderra Press) Ed. Joan Fenney.

 

The Crackle

Kaleidoscope: The Colours of Katharine (anthology), KSP Writers’ Centre, 2019


The Labyrinth and the Thread

Poetry d’Amour (anthology), WA Poets

Syzygy

StylusLit (Issue 6)

Write an Island

Griffith Review (65)

No Box

Southerly Journal (Issue 78.2)

Family History

StylusLit (Issue 3)

Los Cementeros 69

Poetry WTF?!

I Hear Things

Australian Poetry Journal (Issue 7.2)

 

Cementerio (Cemetery)

To Give Life a Shape (Gunpowder Press)

 

oooO

Dream Pop!

The Sound of Borders

Poetry WTF?!


The Mouth is a Door

StylusLit (Issue 2)

Grains of Sand and Found

Found Poetry Review (Volume 10)

 

Found

Found Poetry Review (Volume 10)

Unborn, Fuzzy and Bird Song

Entropy Magazine

 

Short Skirts

Fem Static Zine (Issue 5)

 

Come Walk With Me

*82 Review (Issue 3.2)

EVENTS

FORTHCOMING

First Blood Book Launch - Santa Barbara, USA

2020  |  TBA

Santa Barbara Public Library  |  40 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara CA  |  USA

First Blood Book Launch - Eastern States, Australia

2020  |  TBA

Hobart, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne | TBA 

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First Blood Book Launch - Fremantle

Saturday, 19 October 2019  |  6.30pm - 8.30pm

THREEO  |  244 South Terrace, South Fremantle WA  |  Australia

 

Spring Into Poetry

Friday, 25 October 2019  |  6pm - 8pm

Albany Public Library  |  221 York St, Albany WA  |  Australia

 

Perth Poetry Club

Saturday, 9 November 2019  |  2pm - 4pm

The Moon Cafe  |  323 William St, Northbridge WA  |  Australia

 

 

PAST

 

15 - 18 August 2019  

Perth Poetry Festival:

 

 

Thurs, 15 August 2019  |  7 - 10pm  

Poetry Gala | Reading from featured poets

Queens Building  |  97 William St, Perth  |  Australia

 

 

Fri, 17 August 2019  |  2 - 4 pm  

Poetry Club | Reading

The Moon Cafe  |  323 William St, Northbridge | Perth, Australia

 

 

Sat, 17 August 2019  |  7 - 10 pm 

Multi-cultural/Multi-lingual Poetry Event

Queens Building  |  97 William St, Perth  |  Australia

 

 

Sun, 18 August 2019  |  9.30 am - 11 am 

Erasure Poetry Workshop

Queens Building  |  97 William St, Perth  |  Australia

$25 waged/$20 unwaged  |  Book Here

 

 

Sun, 18 August 2019  |  7 - 10 pm 

Festival Finale

Queens Building  |  97 William St, Perth  |  Australia

 

 

 

CONTACT

DOWNLOAD NATALIE D-NAPOLEON PRESS KIT HERE

To contact Natalie directly:
ndnapo at gmail [dot] com
 
For press and media inquiries and material:
bld.personal at gmail [dot] com
 
 
 

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