In her beautiful spoken word poem, Natalie challenges how racial and ethnic ambiguity creates a population of Americans who curiously live “on the margins” of society, where our homes, origins, and citizenship are often questioned.
Natalie Richardson is a writer, performer, aspiring teaching artist, and amateur film photographer pursuing a degree in English and Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies at the University of Chicago. She is interested in the way that art can cultivate and shape community spaces, particularly within urban, underserved communities. A co-founder of The Underground Collective, a performance troupe on campus, Natalie credits her love of the stage with an early childhood introduction to community theater, and has experimented with writing and directing plays in addition to performing poetry. Natalie is the editor-in-chief of Blacklight Magazine, a university publication from the Organization of Black Students (OBS) that publishes art and writing from minority and traditionally marginalized students on campus.
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