Jim Natal’s third full-length poetry collection, Memory and Rain, was published by Red Hen Press in 2009. His first collection, In the Bee Trees (Archer Books 2000) was a finalist for the Pen Center USA and Publisher’s Marketing Association Ben Franklin Awards. A second collection, Talking Back to the Rocks, was published by Archer Books in 2003. His poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2007 and 2008 and has been published or reviewed in Bellingham Review, Runes, Pool, Reed, the Paterson Literary Review, Poetry International, and the Los Angeles Review among other journals. Natal’s work also has appeared in many anthologies: Crazed by the Sun; Chance of a Ghost; Mischief, Caprice and Other Poetic Strategies; Blue Arc; Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer’s Disease; Open Windows; What Have You Lost?; So Luminous the Wildflowers; and Fresh Water. He also is the author of three chapbooks–Explaining Water With Water, Oil on Paper, and The Landscape from Behind–and two handmade limited-edition chapbooks–A Collector of Infinity and Rain in LA.
He has been a featured poet at dozens of colleges, bookstores, literary series, and festivals, including Long Island University, Washington College, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in New Jersey, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Writers in Focus series, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the Tucson Festival of Books, and the Santa Barbara Poetry Festival, the Long Beach Poetry Festival, and San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival.
Natal curated and co-hosted the Poem.X and Rose Cafe poetry series in Santa Monica for more than ten years and helped establish and coordinate Antioch University’s multi-genre LA Writers Series. He also runs and teaches poetry workshops, one of which, the annual Plein Air Poetry outdoor writing workshop, is coordinated through the Desert Institute and Joshua Tree National Park.
Natal was an executive for the National Football League’s Creative Services Group in Los Angeles for twenty-five years. He received his MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2005 and taught writing and publishing skills at the New Roads private school in Santa Monica. He currently teaches creative writing at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, where he also is the director of the Hassayampa Institute’s The Literary Southwest series. With his wife, graphic designer and book artist Tania Baban, he founded Conflux Press in 2004, which specializes in custom trade books, chapbooks, and artist’s books.