Nat Mesnard

Nat Mesnard writes fiction, teaches storytelling, and designs games. They are faculty at Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts, and co-founded Scryptid Games. Nat has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Cartridge Lit, Autostraddle, Bodega, Blackbird, Kenyon Review Online, The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, The Journal, Green Mountains Review and elsewhere. New games include a tabletop RPG, Ball of the Wild, funded on Kickstarter, and a short RPG titled Adventurer’s Respite forthcoming in the 2023 Level 1 Anthology.

Spring 2013

Prayer

By Nat Mesnard

I am telling you, first of all, that your husband will be beautiful, but he will be a man who will love you then stand out on the stoop, the red eye of a cigarette sighing between his lips, his shoulders slumped as he sucks smoke in a state of unexplainable melancholy.