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Natalie Damjanovich-Napoleon

Natalie Damjanovich-Napoleon is an Australian/American poet and musician based in Fremantle. Her latest poetry collection is If There is a Butterfly That Drinks Tears (Gazebo Books).

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Natalie Damjanovich-Napoleon is an award-winning Australian/American poet, creative nonfiction writer, and musician.

Natalie spent the past decade living and performing in the United States where she gave birth to her son and worked as the coordinator of a Writing Centre at a college in California. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in Meanjin, Cordite, The Found Poetry Review, Westerly, Australian Poetry Journal, and Writer’s Digest (US). Natalie’s work has been widely anthologised in both the United States and Australia.

Her poem ‘First Blood: A Sestina’ won the 2018 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize. Subsequently, her debut poetry book First Blood (Ginninderra Press) was released. In 2019, she won the Katharine Susannah Prichard Poetry Prize.

Gazebo Books recently released Natalie’s second collection of poetry, If There Is A Butterfly That Drinks Tears, which is set against the backdrop of rising conservatism in America ushered in by the Trump Presidency and explores motherhood, in all its beauty, complexity, and social and political challenges. Natalie currently lives in Walyalup/Fremantle.

Natalie Damjanovich-Napoleon

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