Natalie Zina Walschots

Supervillain. Rogue Wizard. Lady Hobbit. Groce Count. Promiscuous Wordsmith. Cheese Pervert.

Natalie Zina Walschots writes about heavy metal, CanLit, speculative fiction and horror, feminism, combat sports and video games for a living. She regularly contributes to National Post, Quill & Quire, The Globe & Mail, Rue Morgue, Game Dynamo, Torontoist and Exclaim!. Her work has also appeared recently in Hellbound, About Heavy Metal, Angry Metal Guy, Toronto Standard, Canada Arts Connect, HuffPost Music Canada, NOW Magazine, broken pencil, This Magazine, Gameranx, Toronto Film Scene, The Coastal Spectator and The Walrus Blog.

Natalie is the Section Editor of Aggressive Tendencies (Metal & Hardcore) in Exclaim!, and the Reviews Editor of This Magazine. She is responsible for the column about feminism and aggressive music, "Girls Don't Like Metal," hosted on Canada Arts Connect Magazine. She is known for her postcard-length, poetic album reviews, which have appeared in Hellbound and Toronto Standard. She is also a member of CWILA (an organization devoted to building equitable critical culture in Canada) and a member of the board for Meatlocker Editions.

Natalie's second book of poetry, DOOM: Love Poems For Supervillains, was published by Insomniac Press in the Spring of 2012. Her first book, Thumbscrews, won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was published by Snare Books in the Fall of 2007. Her poetry and fiction have recently been featured in Everything Is Fine, Little Brother Magazine, Joyland, Matrix, dead (g)end(er), Carousel, and broken pencil. Natalie earned her MA in English Literature and Creative writing from the University of Calgary, and she is now working towards a Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Studies, focussing on feminism and video games, at Concordia University. She has often been in the newspaper for swearing.