Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

I am an award-winning author of books for children and adults. My published books include The Outsider, The Origami Master, and Broken Beaks. My all-ages graphic novel, The Singing Rock & Other Brand-New Fairy Tales, was published by First Second/Macmillan. I am currently writing short fiction, nonfiction and poetry, with new long-form projects in the works.

Selected New Writing

Short Stories:

Mulhouse’s Last Game, forthcoming Permafrost
44 Clifford Avenue, forthcoming Full Bleed, Spring 2024
The Return of War, forthcoming Passengers Journal, Spring 2024

The Soloist’s Rehearsal, published Fall 2023 Jewish, Pushcart-nominated
Garden of Lost Dreams, published Fall 2023 JMWW
Summerland or The Spirit in The Sideboard, published Windward Review, 2023


A Child Survivor in Old Age forthcoming South Florida Poetry Journal
Stone, forthcoming The New York Quarterly
It is the absence that feels, forthcoming New Plains Review
Pulp Poems #2 and #3, forthcoming DIAGRAM
I hanged my psychic, forthcoming The Lullwater Review
Pulp Poem #7, published The Normal School, 2024
The Thing about THE THING from another world!, published Berkeley Poetry Review, 2024
The Galanty Show, My Father’s Newsletters, and in Svalbard, published Mukoli: The Magazine For Peace, 2024
crazy glue, published Paper Dragon, 2023
Foehrenwald, 1957 and It Is Nice, published Fall 2023, The Reform Jewish Quarterly
first book, published Anthropocene, 2023

Nonfiction and Hybrid:

My Best Friend Steve, essay, forthcoming Miracle Monocle
The Last Title Writer, dramatic monologue, forthcoming Apricity
A Vernal Pool In Summer, essay, forthcoming Inscape
Abandoned Goals, published OxMag, Winter 2023
in the blue white light of this square room, hybrid, published TIMBER, Winter 2023


Reunion, full-length play inspired by my book The Outsider and my late father’s experiences with schizophrenia, developed with Queens Theatre in NYC, Fall 2023, as part of their New American Voices series.


Junior Library Guild Selection Amazon Prime Book Box selection

“A droll delight.”

The Wall Street Journal

“Wry and charming tales of the power of persistence.”

School Library Journal

Kenneth Johnson Memorial Research Library Book Award

Bell of Hope Award

“Extraordinary . . . A rare gift: a memoir that helps enlighten readers that homeless, mentally ill people have lives beyond what we might ever hope to see.”


“Highly recommended.”

Library Journal

A Children’s Indie Next Pick

A Book Links Lasting Connection

Junior Library Guild Selection

“A tale as simple and elegant as origami itself…. The Origami Master could be mistaken for a long-forgotten gem of ancient folklore.”

Junior Library Guild

 “Nathaniel Lachenmeyer has created an extraordinary story…. A truly beautiful tale.”

Children’s Literature

More. Between 2000-2007, I presented 80+ keynotes and lectures on mental health and homeless issues at universities, hospitals, and mental health centers across the US, Canada, Sweden, and Australia. Media appearances include: NPR’s “Fresh Air”, “All Things Considered Weekend Edition,” WNYC’s “The Leonard Lopate Show.” I live outside of Atlanta with my wife and children. In addition to being a writer, I am also a dealer in and collector of classic movie memorabilia and illustration art.

Contact: NL (a)

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