Natalya Anderson is a writer and former ballet dancer from Toronto, Canada. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, and a Bachelor of Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto.
She won the 2014 Bridport Prize for her poem, 'Clear Recent History', and the poem was highly commended at the 2015 Forward Prizes. Natalya was also one of four finalists for the 2015 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize for her poem, 'Dance Therapy'. Her poetry and feature writing has appeared in Poetry London, Prac Crit, The Moth, The Forward Book of Poetry 2016, and other fine publications. Natalya founded The Poetry Extension in 2015, within which she aims to forge cross-Atlantic relationships between poets and dancers from Canada, Ireland, the UK, and the US through live events.
Natalya has worked as a medical writer for specialist physicians and has written features for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. For six years, she wrote a column for Dogs Today Magazine in which she interviewed celebrities about their pets. She is married to a very tall Irish man, and they have a five-year-old son.