Natalie Vestin is a writer, artist, and infectious disease researcher from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her essays and art have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. With E.A. Farro, she is the co-creator of "Science Love Letters," a multidisciplinary art and postcard-writing project that explores how being a scientist is like always writing a love letter. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Kasini House and Tulane University Special Collections Pandemic Artist Lab, the Light Grey Art Lab Norway Residency, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Collegeville Institute. She works in research on antimicrobial resistance at the University of Minnesota, and she has been studying rosemaling, primarily with Julie Anderson in Saint Paul, for nearly four years.