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 I’m largely available for writing and editing work and always excited to talk about possible projects.

Right now, I’m writing full-time for Atlas Obscura on history, ideas, art, culture, food, 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 & Gastro Obscura


On kiddie pools full of kimchi; on a quest for an erstwhile banana; on New York’s bagel famines; on the diets of the WWII Women’s Army Corpsthe Knights Templarninjas and sumo wrestlers; on the court case that killed the ladies’ menu; on the lost lingo of ‘soda jerks’.


On life-saving lesbian pulp fiction; on tiny, perfect staircases; on short-lived Japanese woodblock tabloids; on the artist searching the world for artifacts bearing his name.


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 the OZ magazine obscenity trial; on Victorian cards for flirting.


On the length of a moment; on the reconstruction of a giant rhinoceros; on the controversial process of redesigning the wheelchair symbol; on the wonder of the ISO.

For History (formerly The History Channel): On the USSR’s failed calendrical experiment; on the legacy of Sex and the City.


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).