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Natalie Howard is in her living room, holding her cat with one arm--her cat, a tabby, is wearing a miniature Vietnamese leaf hat.

Faces of SAL: Natalie Howard

SAL Box Office whiz Natalie Howard has been helping out over the past year—have you spotted her handing out tickets? We’re super excited to feature her in Faces of SAL, our on-going series about the volunteers, staffers, and other behind-the-scenes folks you should know about.

Below, Natalie shares with us the experience that drew her to volunteer at SAL, her recent book recommendations (including a graphic novel), and her love/hate relationship with her hidden talent.

Why did you decide to volunteer for SAL?

I went to a SAL event featuring Viet Thanh Nguyen in 2018 and came away from it feeling inspired and invigorated. That night, I signed up to be a SAL volunteer. Helping with the events is a way for me to support SAL’s mission, become involved in the community, and, selfishly, see some of my favorite public figures speak or discover new inspiring personalities.

What are you reading right now? 

I’m reading a graphic novel right now, Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme. I also recently started reading The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pan on my Kindle app. I almost exclusively read physical books (because I already stare at a screen all day for work, not to make a statement), but usually have something in flight on my Kindle app for when I forget my book or need a change of pace.

What do you like to do outside of working/being at SAL?

I like reading, going to concerts, and cooking/baking. I recently got my first electric mixer, so I’m very excited to make some delicious holiday treats without whisking my arm off!

What’s your hidden talent?

I am very good at jigsaw puzzles. I don’t know if that’s a talent or sheer determination. A friend gifted me the best and worst present—an all-one-color jigsaw puzzle. The only way to figure out where pieces go is by their shape. I would like to say I received it recently, but I’ve been working on it for over a year. It taunts me every time I walk by it.

Thank you, Natalie!

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