Natasha Frost


Hello! I’m a writer, reporter, and editor, based in New York City via the UK and New Zealand. I tweet at @natashamfrost and answer emails and commissions at natasha.frost21 at

Right now, I’m writing full-time for Atlas Obscura on history, ideas, art, culture, and what I like to call the “hidden wonder” beat. You can see all of my stories for Atlas here.

Very occasionally, I draw pictures, produce audio, and edit video. I’ve worked for Radio New Zealand, the BBC, and a random assortment of other places around the world.

Selected work


For Atlas Obscura: On tiny, perfect staircases; on a tribe of pacifist people on the edge of the world; on the academic who believed there was more to the story of homosexuality in the ancient church; on a quest for an erstwhile banana; on the wonder of the ISO; on the OZ magazine obscenity trial; on the length of a moment; on kiddie pools full of kimchi.


For Atlas Obscura: On the 18th-century gay bar; on the consciousness of bees; on a woodblock artist who destroyed all her work; on meringues made of smog; on birdwatching in North Korea; on ID cards for trans people in Weimar era Berlin; on 1970s dating ads; on dining in a zeppelin; on a 17th-century French witch hunt; on the Miss Subways pageant; on barbed wire telephone lines; on the history of passport photos; on Joe Orton’s library heist; on spiral escalators.

Elsewhere: On being married to a man people believe is a God, and life as India’s third gender (Vice); on a Holocaust survivor with a story to tell (NY City Lens); on Zoroastrians and vultures (Sangam).

2014 through 2016

On New Zealanders and the US election; on New Zealand’s flag referendum; on the safety of transgender inmates; on life after resettlement for New Zealand’s refugees (Radio New Zealand). On polyamory; on the young people who work with death; on taking vows of chastity, poverty and obedience (The Wireless NZ). On gendered French public space and on Paris’s council apartments (CityMetric/New Statesman).