natalie louise tombasco


Natalie Louise Tombasco is a poet, editor, and teacher from Staten Island, NY, “the forgotten borough.” She is the author of the chapbook Collective Inventions (CutBank Books, 2021). She was selected by Kaveh Akbar for the Best New Poets anthology for 2021 as well as Copper Nickel’s Editor’s Prize. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN.

Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Florida State University where her research interests center around poetry, feminist theory, and ecocriticism. She serves as the Interviews Editor of the Southeast Review. Recent work can be found in Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, Plume, Fairy Tale Review, and Southern Indiana Review, among others. Tombasco is seeking publication for her first book of poems.


Collective Inventions, finalist for CutBank’s 2020 Chapbook Contest.

Welcome to the hyperactive neon of Natalie Tombasco’s world. You’ll meet parking-lot Lolitas, Shitshow Barbie, the Queen of Sourpuss, the girl with an appetite of an ogre, and so many more women on the edge of an incendiary moment. These poems are written in Technicolor, raging with fuchsia and turquoise and will take you on a wild ride of poetic abandon. Get ready to have your minds blown to smithereens. A gorgeous debut.

Barbara Hamby, author of BABEL

Tombasco’s COLLECTIVE INVENTIONs is not only a delight to read several times, but the poems therein become language sorties that will thrill you and amaze you. This is a fine introduction to a poet emerging from her corner punching hard and taking immaculate steps to make sure you don’t forget her work too fast. From the first to the last, these poems are irresistible.

Virgil Suarez, author of THE PAINTED BUNTING’S LAST MOLT

“These poems unfurl with equal parts ire and love.”

“Visual, rhythmic, frank and honest.”

“Somewhat graphic, corporeal, luscious, these poems dwell on the trails of becoming. They pit comfort against anguish in a relatable, utterly modern voice.”

CutBank’s Judges


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