Natasha is currently the National Programs Associate for Youth Speaks and the project manager of The Bigger Picture Campaign. She is also a teaching artist for Performing Arts Workshop and a recipient of the 2013 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize. The Stronach Prize funded the first year of her program, the Write Home Project, which makes creative spaces for homeless youth in Berkeley.
Natasha is a graduate from UC Berkeley with a degree in Language, Power, and Identity and a Creative Writing minor. At Cal, she had the honor of Co-Directing UC Berkeley’s spoken word organization, CalSLAM, for three years. Natasha has been on five nationally competing spoken word poetry teams including the Bay Area team that placed second in the nation in 2010 at Brave New Voices and the CalSLAM team that placed third in the nation in 2012 at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). At CUPSI 2013, she was awarded “Best Poet.” Her team was also awarded “Best Writing as a Team.” In 2011, one of her poems, “Michelangelo,” was selected as “Best of the Rest” and honored on Final Stage. On the Berkeley campus, she was also a Student Teacher Poet for Poetry for the People and the co-founder and co-facilitator of UC Berkeley’s only student-led class on slam poetry.
Natasha has been published in Tandem: Vol. 2, CalSLAManac Vol. 1, The Dead Animal Handbook, and Cal Literary Arts Magazine.
Natasha has performed in locations across the nation from street fairs, cafes, and bars, to venues like the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles, and Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.