natalie patterson

natalie P.

Los Angeles, CA

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natalie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 14+

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For the past 15 years, I have traveled the country teaching and performing at universities, colleges, and high schools. I was the first female producer and host of the nation's largest poetry venue, Da Poetry Lounge and I've worked extensively in non-profit, education and with major brands like Sephora and SoulPancake. I have seven collections of poetry published and many viral videos featuring my poetry. I am currently the Lead Teaching Artist for Street Poets, teaching poetry to incarcerated youth throughout Los Angeles County. I am cleared for teaching through LAUSD, Pasadena Unified, and the Probation Department.


Lead Teaching Artist
Nov 2017 - Present
Street Poets inc.

As the Lead Teaching Artist, I create and facilitate workshops for youth who are currently incarcerated.

Poet & Teaching Artist
Jan 2003 - Present

As a full-time artist, I perform and teach throughout the country. I work with a wide range of students from traditional classrooms and universities to jails and Fortune 500 companies. I craft custom commissioned poems and facilitate professional development trainings around high-level communication, as well as poetry workshops. Additionally, I have developed content for youtube and the digital space through companies like SoulPancake and Sephora.

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Producer & Host
Nov 2004 - Jun 2014
Da Poetry Lounge

As the only female producer and host of the nations largest poetry venue, my role was unique. Beyond the complexity of hosting a live show weekly, I was responsible for building community and holding space for young artists to grow.

Director of Poetry
Sep 2006 - Jun 2008
Collective Voices Foundation

As the Director of Poetry, I developed curriculum and facilitated workshops at eight schools a week in LAUSD & PUSD


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

"10 things" the viral hit with over 300k views.
"if you were a poem"
Performing at Wanderlust

my website

On stage at We Rise.

Photo by natalie P.

The Installation of my poem "Beautiful Body" at California State University, Los Angeles

Performing at a private event.

"Oh, to be grateful"

2 Reviews

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Angela Oct 10, 2018
· In studio

Natalie is a teacher by nature. When I took her class for the first time, my only goal was to become a better writer. At least that’s what I said. I told everyone I had no intention of reading my poems on stage but the truth was, that’s what I really wanted to do. I just didn’t think I could. Natalie saw through what I was saying and would not allow me to play small as long as I was a student in her class. She made sure I knew that my voice and my story was not only important, but needed. Eight years later, I am a published author who performs at colleges across the country, a TedX speaker, 2017 Woman of the Year, and the co founder of a community organization called Chingona Fire. I say all of that to say, none of the things I am doing today would be possible without the lessons I learned from Natalie. Sometimes all it takes is one teacher to help someone find their voice. And that’s who Natalie is in the world, and trust me; you can bet on her every time.

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Krystal Oct 10, 2018
Poetry · In studio

Natalie, by far, is one of the most talented poets that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She shares her gift not only with incarcerated students, but with other activists and teaching artists in order to support and uplift even more youth. She is a dynamic teacher that is organized, resourceful, and passionate. Her engaging lessons always lead to powerful reflections that makes room for deep impact in the lives of our youth. The tools that she uses in the classroom, be it her own artistic work, handouts that she has created, or auditory resources, are always perfectly woven into the lesson and bring deeper meaning. She is one of those teachers that you just never forget.

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