Natalie Axton

I’m a writer, creative entrepreneur, and graduate student in the low-residency MFA program at Spalding University. I reside in New York state. I write mostly nonfiction — essays, criticism, and reported pieces. Lately, and because of my digital publishing project, I have been started venturing into the content marketing world. I write very clean copy for websites and I also ghostwrite the occasional short story. I’ve worked for editors in London, Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, and the Hudson Valley.

At Spalding I’m working on two projects in addition to a number of essays. The first project is a work of historical lexicology. The second is a journalism project covering eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia.

I started my writing career as a dance critic and I am committed to the idea that good arts writing is vital to the health of the arts in the United States. To revive the market for in-depth analytical arts writing I’m working with a team of developers and editors to create a new digital publishing platform specifically for writing about the fine and performing arts.

After living in New York City for seventeen years I had the sudden realization that, despite my predilection for experimental theater, I am not a city person. Since moving out of New York City in 2011 I have found myself trying to reconcile life in a very small town that could only exist in the shadow of a big city. The successes and failures of that endeavor are documented in my blog.

The image in the header above is taken from The Public Domain Review. It is an 1882 print titled Leaving the Opera in the Year 2000 and depicts “a futuristic view of air travel over Paris as people leave the Opera.” The print is the work of futurist, caricaturistic, and writer Albert Robida. The source is the Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Prints and Drawings at the Library of Congress.