Natalie Zina Walschots

TORONTO, ON

Natalie Zina Walschots

TORONTO, ON

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

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

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

My second book of poetry, DOOM: Love Poems For Supervillains, was published by Insomniac Press in the Spring of 2012. My first book, Thumbscrews, won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was published by Snare Books in the Fall of 2007. My poetry and fiction have recently been featured in Everything Is Fine, Little Brother Magazine, Joyland, Matrix, dead (g)end(er), Carousel, and broken pencil.

I have an MA in English Literature and Creative writing from the University of Calgary, and I'm now working towards a Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Studies, focussing on feminism and video games, at Concordia University. I've often been in the newspaper for swearing and am a rather cute telepresence robot.

  • Work
    • Freelance Writer
  • Education
    • MA, University of Calgary (2007)
    • University of Windsor