Meryl Natchez’ most recent book is a bilingual volume of translations from the Russian: Poems From the Stray Dog Café: Akhmatova, Mandelstam and Gumilev. She is co-translator of Tadeusz Borowski: Selected Poems. Her book of poems, Jade Suit, appeared in 2001, and her new book, Catwalk, is forthcoming from Longship Press in spring 2020.

Her work has appeared in “Poetry Northwest,” “The American Journal of Poetry,” “ZYZZYVA,” “The Pinch Literary Review,” “Atlanta Review,” “Lyric,” “The Moth,” “Comstock Review,” and many others. Natchez founded and managed a technical writing business, TechProse, now owned and managed by the employees as FutureState. She was co-founder of the non-profit, Opportunity Junction, now in its 16h year, and raised four children. She is on the board of Marin Poetry Center.

To avoid suffocation from an excess of lit crit, Meryl took a leave of absence in her junior year of college. She barely survived with her love of poetry intact. It turned out there were a lot of intriguing things happening out in the world, and she has been cheerfully home schooling herself ever since.


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Poems from the Stray Dog Café:
Akhmatova, Mandelstam and Gumilev

Translated by Meryl Natchez with Polina Barskova and Boris Wolfson

Includes an introduction describing the Acmeist poetic movement, a timeline, and an updated translation of “The Morning of Acmeism,” by Osip Mandelstam, as well as selected poems. Second printing. Purchase


Jade Suit, Poems

Hardcover, 2001

hit & run press, Berkeley, California. Purchase





Tadeusz Borowksi: Selected Poems

Translated by Tadeusz Pioro, Larry Rafferty and Meryl Natchez, introduction by Stanisław Barańczak

Most of these poems were written while Borowski was a prisoner in Dachau, Birkenau and Auschwitz, during World War II. Borowski and other inmates memorized them and he reassembled them after the war.

hit & run press, Berkeley, California. Purchase

Poetry Publications (online)

Art and Matvei Petrovich Bronstien
(Finalist, Joan Swift Memorial Prize)

Women’s Voices for Change

Thinking about Einstein while waiting for the Big Blue Bus
The American Journal of Poetry

Made of Molecules and More About the Oak
Rappahonnock Review

Dawn in Monterey
Canary Lit Mag

Marai Sandor in San Diego
Winning Writers

Poem with a Line by Amy Clampitt

Equivocal Activist

Spoken Poetry

Prose Publications (online)

My Mother’s Exit (memoir)

Interview with Dorianne Laux, March 2019

Interview with Forrest Gander

Interview with William Brewer

Interview with Maurya Simon

Book Reviews

Jericho Brown, The Tradition

Dorianne Laux, Only as the Day Is Long

Francesca Bell, Bright Stain

A. E. Stallings, LIKE

Forrest Gander, Be With

Tony Hoagland, Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God

Tony Hoagland, Recent Changes in the Vernacular

In the Shape of a Human Body I Am Visiting the Earth: Poems from Far and Wide (Anthology from McSweeney’s)

Mary Ruefle, My Private Property

Troy Jollimore, Syllabus of Errors


Rappahannock Review
Contributor Spotlight
Issue 5.3

Last Summer’s Project

Prose poems inspired by Carlo Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

More about the oak

It dominates the view its branches so inviting that the first thing we did was make a treehouse inside them not worried about the oak not thinking about the way each leathery leaf turns air and sunlight and water into food and draws another nanometer of water up through the channel of xylem from roots so deep that the trunk becomes a great reservoir and during the eight dry months of a California spring and summer and fall lets gravity pull some of its aquifer back to nourish the shallow roots around it, not considering the network of rhizomes this small ecosystem of hillside where we’d plunked ourselves, not really seeing the oak at all except as ornament, as tool for our human pleasure and it tolerates us still as the treehouse falls into disuse and the squirrels and crows the sentinel hummingbirds survey their territory from its branches as the small humans who played there move on



Work in progress. 

Cut up sonnets inspired by Jericho Brown’s essay on the Duplex.

Read all about it in this PDF.

Also watch Looseplex on the video page.

Looseplex 31-Losing Patience

How many years was my path obscured by junk
My ungovernable heart, pocked with grievance?

Microorganisms effervesce
Starting from something simple, like milk

Push up bras, slim jims, and cheese doodles
Endlessly stitching snags in the sky.

Remember being crazed with desire?
Seeds release in heat, the ground charred clear for them.

We talk after dinner, wine glasses refilled.
The monks who touched the match to their own dowsed robes,

What I believed was the absolute truth, no
The fluorescent, merciless present.

The earth gearing up to shrug us off.
These are the stamps on the final envelope.


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Friday, March 6, at 7pm
Reading with Ellen Bass at AWP
At Smoke’s Bar Fuego in San Antonio

1170 E Commerce

Saturday, April 4 at 2 pm
Copperfield’s Books in San Rafael
Reading with Heather Altfeld, Rebecca Foust,
Troy Jollimore & Terry Lucas

850 4th St

Monday, April 6 at 7pm
Alley Cat Books in San Francisco
Reading with Adam Jay Morris

3036 24th St


Saturday, April 18
WOW Literary Festival
Santa Clara University

Reading and Workshop

Flirting with Form: How to Create New Pathways for Your Poetry
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
Learning Commons Taping Room A

Thursday, April 23 at 7pm
Moe’s Books
Poetry Flash Reading Series with Dion O’Reilly

2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


April 25th, at 2p,
Reading at the Ina Coolbrith Circle Award Dinner

LOPC church
49 Knox Drive, upstairs room 201
Lafayette,  CA 94549

Monday, May 12
Reading with Dion O’Reilly
Gabriella’s Salon

Gabriella Café
910 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz CA

Wednesday, June 17
Reading with John Brehm

Broadway Books
1714 NE Broadway
Portland, OR


November 16-17

Adam Jay Morris & Meryl Natchez
The Right Word Poetry Weekend

Vallombrosa Center
250 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Poetry Weekend focuses on poems that center on language. The Saturday afternoon workshop examines multiple translations of two very different poems. Guest speakers, Forrest Gander and Meryl Natchez, will guide us through the challenges of translation and answer your questions.


Saturday, November 2 at 2pm
Poetry Reading with Amanda Moore

Gearbox Gallery
770 West Grand Ave, #B
Oakland, CA




Friday, October 11, 7-9pm
Poetry Reading with Francesca Bell
Poetry Connection at
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
240 Channing Way, San Rafael, CA 94903
Venue Website

Saturday, October 19, 6:30pm
Poetry Reading with Sandra Cross, Rebecca Foust and Amanda Moore
Faye’s Video, 3614 18th Street
San Francisco, Phase 2, Litquake

Linda Gregg Memorial
Please watch the video, which is in two parts.

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