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:

Benson Says Goodbye, forthcoming The Blue Mountain Review, 2024

The Great Pathfinder of The Good Roads Era, forthcoming Kestrel, 2024

Mulhouse’s Last Game, forthcoming Permafrost, 2024

44 Clifford Avenue, published Full Bleed, 2024

The Return of War, published Passengers Journal, 2024

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


Englischer Garten, 1922, forthcoming The Reform Jewish Quarterly, Fall 2024

Stone, forthcoming The New York Quarterly, 2024

Pulp Poem #2 and Pulp Poem #3, forthcoming DIAGRAM, 2024

January 3, 1994, forthcoming Shift: A Journal of Literary Oddities, 2024 

Mural New Hampshire State Hospital, 1996, published Northern New England Review, 2024

Silphium, published Hawaii Pacific Review, 2024

A Child Survivor in Old Age, published South Florida Poetry Journal (SoFloPoJo), 2024

It is the absence that feels, published New Plains Review, 2024

I hanged my psychic, published The Lullwater Review, 2024

Science Ruins Everything, published Fireflies’ Light: A Magazine of Short Poems, 2024

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, published The Reform Jewish Quarterly, 2023

first book, published Anthropocene, 2023

Nonfiction and Hybrid:

Cave Spiel, forthcoming Brink, 2024

A Vernal Pool In Summer, forthcoming Inscape, 2024.

Iceland and The Repurposing of a Three-Legged Chair, published Breakwater Review, 2024

Church Street Burlington, Vermont, published Northern New England Review, 2024

Fifty-Two, published Northern New England Review, 2024

My Best Friend Steve, published Miracle Monocle, 2024

The Last Title Writer, published Apricity, 2024

Abandoned Goals, published OxMag, 2023

in the blue white light of this square room, published TIMBER, 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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