Eden On The Edge

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Winter Solstice

Say 2020 and stories rise to the tongue and gush. Many people will share a story of one of their darkest, longest nights of the soul that lasted much longer than a few hours and still haunts. But Winter Solstice 2020 was simply spectacular, a brilliant night when Jupiter and Saturn converged. Although hundreds of miles apart in space, they appeared much closer, close enough to see with the naked eye. Two giant planets that looked like one bright “Christmas Star,” also called the “Great Conjunction.” The last time this planetary alignment happened was in 1623, and before that, 1226 (the last time it was visible), making this a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Thanks to the folks atNew Ohio Review for including “Winter Solstice” in issue 31. Listen.

Consecrate/Desecrate: Great Salt Lake Community Anthology

Growing up in Utah meant annual trips to float in the Great Salt Lake. Later, it became a favorite spot to watch sunsets and hike or explore. So, I am thrilled to have my poem, “Earthwork,” included in Consecrate/Desecrate, an anthology dedicated to the Great Salt Lake and an effort to raise awareness and save the lake.

The situation is dire and the future of the state rests in its restoration. If you’d like to learn more and donate time or money, read a few details copied from the website:

The Great Salt Lake Collaborative is a Solutions Journalism collaborative of more than a dozen Utah organizations working together to share stories about Great Salt Lake and ways to protect our city’s dying namesake. As part of the Collaborative’s work, the SLCC Community Writing Center published the Great Salt Lake Community Anthology.

A few photos from the gala, including brine shrimp.

Celebration of Chapbooks

Remember how lovely it was to go to poetry readings and listen, support a local book store, get your books signed, mingle. You know, all the good stuff? Well, now’s your chance to do it again. Join us for the Utah Poetry Festival Celebration of Chapbooks at The King’s English Bookshop. I’ll be reading from my poetry chapbook Eden’s Edge with other poets including two dear friends Sunni Brown Wilkinson and Lisa Roullard.

Hope to see you there.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

4–5:15 p.m.

The King’s English Bookshop

1511 S 1500 East

Salt Lake City, Utah 84105


They’ve got a lot on the docket, check out the full schedule: https://utahpoetryfestival.com/utah-poetry-festival…/

Celebration of Chapbooks
Eden’s Edge by Natalie Taylor

Humanities in the Wild: Stargazing

Humanities in the Wild: Stargazing

Saturday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

Register here: https://zoom.us/…/tJEscuyupj8oGtYQPHixpNANE5CRq2tc3T7h

Over the moon (pun intended) to be reading some of my moon poems at this heavenly event hosted by the Utah Humanities. Want to decode the night sky? Identify constellations? Be at the right place to see a meteor shower?

Join us for an evening dedicated to the night sky, celestial bodies and all the stars that burn brightly. Read the official event description

Butterfly iris

Delighted to have my poem “Butterfly iris” included in SWWIM‘s very cool  Poetry in Bloom project.
They post a poem a day for the month of April to celebrate National Poetry Month and the floral-themed poems
are folded into origami and included in floral bouquets delivered by a local florist in Miami.
Visit their site for more details and listen to audio recordings of all the other poems they’ve posted.
So honored to see this one find its wings. Thanks to the folks at SWWIM for including me.

Hunger Mountain

After spending so much of my life wandering in the mountains, I’m thrilled that two poems inspired by the forests near my home found their way to Hunger Mountain. Read “A narrow path quieting” and “Acceptance: a new stage of grief” in the Spring 2021, Art Saves, Issue 25.

Currency of survival

2020 has been a year of upheaval and loss. I spent more of it sobbing in the fetal position than I’d care to admit. But that’s what makes bright spots like this shine even brighter. It is with deep humility and gratitude that I share this bit of light: my waffle poem found a (really) good home. Thanks to the folks at New Ohio Review for including “Currency of survival” in issue 28.

Reading at Weller Book Works

Weller Book Works


Thrilled to be reading with my dear friend Sunni Wilkinson in support of her fabulous new book. Come join us if you are so inclined.

Tuesday, February 11
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Weller Book Works
607 Trolley Square
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102





From a great height


Published in New Ohio Review, Issue 26, Autumn 2019


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Water Witch

Hey party peeps, I’ll be reading at the Water Witch this Monday night, followed by a riveting open mic.

Come join us for my two favorite things — poetry and wine  — and bring your own poems to share.


March 11, 2019

7 p.m.

163 W. 900 South

Salt Lake City, Utah 84101