After taking a leave of absence from Radcliffe, Meryl Natchez has been rigorously home-schooling herself, assisted by the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She ran a technical writing business, founded the non-profit, Opportunity Junction, and raised four children. Her most recent book, Poems from the Stray Dog Café: Akhmatova, Mandelstam and Gumilev, will be released in September 2013. This is a bilingual volume available in paperback and hard-cover from hit & run press. University Press Books in Berkeley will host a release part for the book on September 26, at 6 pm with readings in English and Russian.
Natchez is co-translator of Tadeusz Borowski: Selected Poems, author of the poetry collection, Jade Suit, and contributor to Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness, Her poems and translations have appeared in literary journals including Canary, Language and Culture, The Atlanta Review, lyric, and The Pinch Literary Journal. In 2012 she was awarded a two-week residency in poetry at the Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes, California, to complete a second book of poetry. She blogs at www.dactlys-and-drakes.com.