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Natalie Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg, 2020
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Natalie Goldberg (born January 4, 1948, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.), American author, poet, teacher, public speaker, and painter. Goldberg has been a Zen practitioner since 1974 and studied with Katagiri Roshi from 1978 to 1990. She has taught the craft of writing, especially as a Zen practice, for the past 35 years in the United States and abroad. She has published 15 books, translated into 20 languages; the most noted is Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (1986), which has sold two million copies and has changed the way writing is taught in America. Her most recent book is Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku (2021). Goldberg lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Updated on March 27, 2022