Nathaniel Bellows is a widely published poet, novelist, visual artist, and musician. His first album was The Old Illusions.
Bellows’ first collection of poems, Why Speak? (W.W. Norton), was called “gripping...the book’s power depends on the slow accumulation of an inner world” by The New York Times Book Review; and Library Journal pronounced it “a smart and powerful debut.” His poems have appeared in The New Republic; American Poetry Review; The Paris Review; The Common; Grand Street; The New York Times Book Review; Ploughshares; The Yale Review; The Academy of American Poets “Poem a Day” Program; POEMS OF NEW YORK, an Everyman Anthology; THE GOLDEN SHOVEL ANTHOLOGY: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, and many other magazines, periodicals, and websites.
Bellows is also the author of two novels: On This Day (HarperCollins; Harmon Blunt Publishers) (“A triumph,” The Los Angeles Times) and Nan: A Novel in Stories (Harmon Blunt Publishers) (“beautiful... heart-piercing...necessary reading,” The Millions). His short fiction has been published in The Paris Review, Narrative, Guernica, Redivider, THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2005 (selected by Michael Chabon), and various other other journals and magazines.
For the past six years, Bellows has been collaborating with the composer Sarah Kirkland Snider (“the finest composer for voice of her generation.” Agit Reader). Their album, Unremembered (New Amsterdam, 2015), a song-cycle for 7 voices, chamber orchestra, and electronics, was inspired by 13 of Bellows’ poems and illustrations, and features vocalists Shara Nova, Padma Newsome, and DM Stith. The album received accolades from such outlets as The Washington Post, NPR, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, among many others, and was named to dozens of Best-of-2015 lists internationally including The Washington Post (Top Five), The Nation (Top Five), The Boston Globe’s St eve Smith, The Guardian’s Seth Colter Walls, WNYC, and New Music Box. Unremembered was also called “one of the most significant and harrowing releases of the year” (Thought Catalog); “masterful…a stunning, immensely rewarding experience” (PopMatters); “evocative and strangely beautiful” (Opera News); “warped and eerie” (NPR Songs We Love); "luminous, otherworldly, and brilliantly individualistic (New York Music Daily); and “a glimpse into an entirely new sound world” (Indy Week). It was also named one of the 50 Best Classical Works of the Past Twenty Years by Q2 Radio listeners in both 2015 and 2016.
Nathaniel Bellows earned a BA in English and Studio Arts from Middlebury College, and an MFA in Writing (Poetry) from Columbia University, with a concentration in drawing and printmaking. He lives in New York City.