Author: Nathalie Molina Niño


Nathalie Molina Niño is a native of Ecuador and has lived and worked in over a dozen countries, spanning 4 continents. Nathalie is passionate about language (she speaks four) and has spent most of her life involved in linguistics, cross-cultural and geo-political pursuits. She writes mainly short prose, poetry and in 2002 received honorable mentions for her work as a screenwriter in various international film festivals.

In addition to considerable travel as a child, Nathalie started university early and worked intensively to develop adaptation skills for multiple geographies, languages and cultural paradigms. She has always been fascinated with the process of learning and creating, especially across disciplines and borders. Much of her path in life (reflected early in her writing practice) has centered around crossing of lines, whether they be linguistic, cultural or otherwise. Having studied Fine Arts in Paris and later politics and applied sciences in New York, Nathalie has traveled through both a wide spectrum of locales, as well as studies, taking her from the analytical world to the most esoteric of arts circles. Most recently Nathalie has been evolving her writing practice through collaborative efforts with local writing groups in the Seattle area, and occasionally working with the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, founded at Naropa in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman.

Nathalie sees writing and spoken word as a necessary catharsis, part of what grounds her and helps frame the ever-changing global landscape that she navigates. One of her first memories is of painting a Khalil Gibran poem on her bedroom wall as a child, asserting that “your children are not your children,” and she’s been writing every since, always returning to an exploration into the concepts of identity, freedom and culture. She writes a blog called the “Global Misfit” and is regularly commissioned for public speaking engagements on the subject of Global & Intercultural Issues, and serves on the Young Professionals board of the Seattle World Affairs Council.