Natalie Kusz (born 1962) is an American memoirist.
She graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks with a B.A. and an M.F.A. She taught at Bethel College, and Harvard University. She teaches at Eastern Washington University. Her work appeared in O, Harper's, Threepenny Review, McCall's, Real Simple, and The New York Times.
- 1989 Whiting Award
- 1999-2000 Radcliffe College's Bunting Institute fellowship
- 1995 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship
- Affairs, Harvard Office of News and Public. "Thirty-Eight Women Appointed Fellows at Bunting Institute". www.news.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
- Road Song. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1990. ISBN 978-0-374-52827-0.
- Donna Jarrell, Ira Sukrungruang, eds. (2005). "On Being Invisible". Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-15-603022-9.
- Ian Frazier, Robert Atwan, eds. (1997). The Best American essays. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 978-0-395-85695-6.
- Amy Hempel, Jim Shepard, eds. (1999). "Retired Greyhound II". Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs. Random House, Inc. ISBN 978-0-609-80379-0.
- Frederick Smock, ed. (1998). "Persistent Heat". The American voice anthology of poetry. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-0956-5.
- Bill Henderson, ed. (1990). The Pushcart prize, XV: best of the small presses. Pushcart Press. ISBN 978-0-916366-65-0.
The author of this memoir has suffered so much in her 27 years that writing about it involved a risk. "Road Song" could have been a saccharine tract about the triumph of the human spirit or such a painful tale that even reading it would hurt. Instead it's a calm, reflective affirmation of family love.