About me...

Natalie Mesnard is a writer and game designer. Literary publication credits include poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, appearing or forthcoming in places such as Blackbird, Kenyon Review Online, The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. DemocraSea, Natalie’s loot-splitting board game co-designed with Patrick Watson as Oat & Noodle Studios, was an IndieCade Festival Selection in 2016, and won the Craft, Design, and Marketability awards in CUDO Plays Season 3. Currently at work on a novel about video games, queerness, and new age spirituality, Natalie also teaches in the Pratt Institute Game Design & Interactive Media program, and is a 2018-19 Digital Studies Fellow at the Rutgers University–Camden Digital Studies Center.

Prior to living in New York, Natalie taught creative writing, rhetoric, and business writing as a Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and has worked with the literary magazines Ninth Letter, A Public Space, and One Story.