Natalie Zina Walschots will be a guest at Breakout 2018!
Natalie Zina Walschots is a freelance writer and community manager based in Toronto. She writes everything from reviews of science fiction novels and interviews with heavy metal musicians to to in-depth feminist games criticism and pieces of long-form journalism. For the past two years, she has been working on social media for a science fiction television show, building a fan community with memes and positivity and helping to create interactive digital narratives. She is the author of two books of poetry, Thumbscrews (winner of the 2007 Robert Kroetsch Award) and DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains (Insomniac, 2012). Natalie is presently finishing a novel about supervillainy and the plight of henchpeople. Her other projects include exploring the poetic potential of the notes engine in the video game Bloodborne, teaching game writing and interactive narrative classes for Dames Making Games and developing a noir VR game with the queer trash collective Only Dead Men. She also plays a lot of tabletop RPGs, participates in a lot of Nordic LARPs, watches a lot of horror movies and reads a lot of speculative fiction.