Natalie Geisel

takes on many roles: a full-time student at George Washington University studying women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; a part-time fashion and culture writer; a Georgia-native living in DC and beyond; a dancer of 18 years; a queer feminist who makes sure that voice shows throughout her writing.


As someone who constantly has to be stimulated creatively, I have kept myself busy since a young age.

I began dancing since the age of three, and ever since, I’ve allowed myself to expand my creative horizons on many different levels. In middle school, getting dressed in the morning was my greatest excitement, and my love for fashion sprouted. I manifested this passion into a reality when I began my fashion blog in November of 2014, where I was still a 16-year-old girl trying to find her voice. 

Five years later, I see myself as a journalist who extended her passion for writing fashion stories into broader pieces on culture, lifestyle, and identity. I’m mostly interested in how queer identity and culture can make its way into the world of journalism, focusing on its intersections with film/television, music, the internet, wellness, and the realm of sex/dating. I’m always looking to expand my inclination towards the personal essay into feature pieces and longform journalism, further growing my knowledge on writing and the topics I lean towards.

I am currently based in Washington, D.C. and in my last semester of my Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies degree, with minors in English and Communication, at George Washington University. I lead the platform of Camp Thirlby, the sibling site of The Thirlby and a platform for and by young voices that I helped launch in March of 2019. Apart from writing myself on the above topics with a Gen Z-oriented lens, I also manage and edit all contributors and content for the site, where I discovered my love for uncovering the voices of young, marginalized people and sharing the talent of fellow writers.

I also have a love for words that spans more than journalism, as seen in my social media and copywriting experience and my academic writing and research that focuses on gender and sexuality. When I’m not writing, you can find me rambling on about astrology (I’m a Gemini sun, Leo moon, and Aquarius rising, if you were curious), going to Trader Joe’s at least three times a week, rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the eighth time, and making yet another Spotify playlist.

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writer and editor