Nat. Brut Issue Five Release

Screening + Talk

  1. Mar 28, 2015, 6 – 7:30 pm
Level 3, Sert Gallery

The launch event of Nat. Brut's first print issue will begin with a screening of Christina Kolozsvary’s short film The Astronaut and the Star, a fantasy psycho-drama set in the 1940s where a young man roams the hallways of a home in which he is imprisoned, while pining over his mysterious female captor.

Following the screening, Nat. Brut editor Kayla E. will moderate an all-female panel of Issue Five contributors, during which participants will discuss gender disparities in their respective artistic fields. Panelists include humorist Alexis Wilkinson, writer Koa Beck, writer and comic Phoebe Robinson, and artist and writer Robyn O'Neil.

A brief Q&A will to follow with copies of Nat. Brut available for sale.


Alexis Wilkinson is a senior at Harvard University and former President of the Harvard Lampoon. She studies economics and psychology and has written for Boston MagazineTIMECosmopolitanOpening Ceremony and Nat. Brut.

Robyn O’Neil is an artist and writer living on a balcony in Los Angeles, California. 

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comic & writer who has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Broad City, and has written for MTV's Girl Code. She is currently writing for Fuse's upcoming late night pop culture talk show.

Koa Beck’s reporting has appeared in SalonThe AtlanticThe GuardianThe New York Observer, and the Hairpin. Her fiction has been published in SliceKalyani MagazineThe Ink and Code, and Apogee Journal. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

Kayla E. graduated from Harvard University in 2013 where she was Art Director of the Harvard Lampoon. She is Editor-in-Chief of Nat. Brut and works as a cartoonist and designer.

Nat. Brut

Nat. Brut Inc. is a Dallas-based non-profit organization that produces a biannual art and literary magazine both online and in print. The magazine aims to provide quality, engaging, dynamic, inspiring work from a wide array of genres and mediums in a way that values the potency and interconnectivity of these mediums. Nat. Brut also strives to demonstrate balanced representation among its contributors in a way that allows all artists' work to coexist fluidly.

The Astronaut and the Star

The Astronaut and the Star is an exploration of the threat of femininity. Harkening back to tropes of the film noir era, the story revolves around an oppressive Femme Fatale and the young boy she has mysteriously entrapped in her house. The lines between desire and disgust blur, as the passage of time accelerates. video, 22 minutes 2013

Agency for Critical Inquiry

Nat. Brut Issue Five Release is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.