A native Californian, Natalie Baszile’s southern roots stem from Louisiana, South Carolina, and Alabama. Her maternal Great-great grandfather, Mac Hall (b. 1845) was a farmer, merchant, and beekeeper. Her passion for the stories of Black farmers and land stewards comes from a desire to shift the narrative around agriculture, farming, and labor. In her new non-fiction book, We Are Each Other’s Harvest: A Celebration of African American Farmers, Land & Legacy, available April 2021, she brings together essays, poems, conversations, portraits, and first-person narratives to tell the story of Black people’s connection to the land from Emancipation to the present.
Baszile’s author debut of Queen Sugar has been adapted to TV and produced by Oprah Winfrey and writer/director Ava DuVernay. The book was named one of the San Francisco Chronicles’ Best Books of 2014 and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
Her non-fiction work has appeared in Lenny Letter, The Bitter Southerner, Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus.net, and a number of anthologies. She has had residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, and the Djerassi Resident Arts Program, where she received the SFFILM and the Bonnie Rattner Fellowships.