Selected Work


Wallop (House of Vlad, July 2020)



The last time Lauren had gone to Psychic Institute, she paid sixty bucks and was told she was a reincarnated mermaid from another planet. How stupid would a hitchhiking, pool-shooting landscaper have to be to impregnate a former alien mermaid? How idiotic would he have to be to sleep in cornfields, hitchhike with white supremacists, and consume a pillowcase full of mushrooms just to figure it out? Wallop is a budget crust-punk epic, an oogle ode set in the house parties and open roads of wasteland America, a manifesto for the crusty dirt bag who’s trying to get something, anything, back on track.

ISBN: 9798624257375

“For anyone who’s ever wondered what it’s like to hitchhike through Kansas, sleep in a cornfield, or join the underground Missouri punk scene, Wallop is a thrilling read. Self critical while never self indulgent, Perkins has crafted a smart and refreshing twist on a familiar genre. Through witty prose and wry humor, he achieves a delicate balance of nihilism and hope, resulting in an ultimately moving perspective of one man struggling to find meaning in contemporary life.” –Isa Mazzei, author of Camgirl

“Nate’s writing is real. Honestly human. It kicks you right in the nuts then extends a hand to help you up. Wallop is that one oddly good friend you met in passing months ago at the bar and run into every now and then and every time you hug and smile and feel like you’ve known them for years. It’s a big bowl of Captain Crunch—sweet, filling, but cuts you all up inside. Yet when you’re finished you still crave more. Nate Perkins your book is beautiful fuck anyone who says otherwise.”
Tanner Ballengee, author of Sixty Tattoos I Secretly Gave Myself at Work

“Where other writers might make a big show of pulling back the curtain, Perkins tore his down a long time ago and has been using it as a makeshift sleeping bag. His writing necessitates a dirty, uncomfortable intimacy, revealing the ugly contours of fringe life in the West, where cigarettes and tequila can be a warm meal and a story only ever ends when Perkins gets tired of telling it.” –Kevin Sterne, author of All Must Go


The Way Cities Feel To Us Now (Maudlin House, 2019)

Bad luck follows travelers through the desert, Mormon missionaries contemplate the bodily implications of the internal combustion engine, and minimum wage workers look for a sense of meaning in art, country and western music, and domestic terrorism. A lemon tree produces an alarming number of fruit, but nobody can manage to have a threesome. Perkins’s first collection of short stories vibrates at the chaotic frequency of the American West, a place where the states are square, the drives are long, and heartbreak is at least as much of a shit show as it is anywhere else.

ISBN: 9780999472361

“Depression makes most people’s memories collapse inward onto themselves. Perkins struggles with himself but knows the beautiful punctures on the the stick-and-poke world around him.” –Brendan Wells, of Uranium Club

“In the Western Lands there are people who believe in its landscapes and cities like a secret cult. Nate Perkins lets you into this world of travelers, the secret passwords that allow you into the Western Lands.” –Noah Cicero, author of Nature Documentary

“Coming to you from the front lines of the crusty underbelly of American weirdness, Nate Perkins writes from a place of hard-earned material, and these stories brim with authoritative detail. He knows the sordid basements of punk house parties as well as he knows the grandeur of the Utah desert landscape. All of it told with humor and sadness and deep empathy for the lost and broken-hearted heroes of this monster of a motherland.” — Bart Schaneman, author of The Silence is the Noise


Cactus (Trident Press, 2018)

In Cactus, correctional officer and ex-punk rocker Will Stephens works guarding prisoners who pick up trash on the side of the highway. One of them, a hardened inmate with a tattoo right beneath his eye, seems oddly familiar, but Will can’t quite place him. When he realizes that the prisoner is none other than the former lead singer of his favorite punk band, he must navigate an emotional desert landscape populated by neo-Nazis, asshole cops, guilt, student loans, and a double dose of mescaline tea.

ISBN: 978-0999249932



The King of All Hawaii – Hello America

A Few of the Things That Have Fallen out of My Truck – Rejection Letters

Protein Tradition (Audio) – Hello America Stereo Cassette Stories Mixtape

Smith River – 15 Bytes

Excerpt from Wallop (Audio) – Zero Point Fiction

Hitchhiking Through Colorado and Kansas: an Excerpt from Wallop – American West

Put me on a dog leash and make me eat Taco Bell off the floor – SoBoGhoSo

A Secret Punk and a Prison Crew: An Excerpt from Cactus – American West

Sex Spell for Raven – American West

What Fucking Up Feels Like – Maudlin House

I Can Sleep Here – Philadelphia Secret Admirer

Excerpt from CactusPhiladelphia Secret Admirer

The Way Cities Feel to Us Now – Timber Journal

The Way Cities Feel to Us Now (Audio) – The Talking Book

An Unfolding – decomP magazinE

Los Huevos del Señor – Triquarterly

Log – Pure Coincidence

Ms. Pac Man – Noncanon Press

I’m Sorry That Your Boyfriend is in the Mental Hospital Again – Keep This Bag Away From Children

The Last Time I Almost Had a Threesome – Pithead Chapel

Lemons – Potluck

Bees – Commas and Colons


Travel & Dread during the American Apocalypse – American West

Mexican Breakfast – Berfrois

A Eulogy for Albuquerque’s Winning Coffee – American West

The American West in Hot Springs – American West

Whales, Wolves, and Environmental Literacy – American West

The New, New West – High Country News

11 Things I Remember About Being a Mormon Missionary – Thought Catalog

My Crazy Ex-Con Neighbor – Thought Catalog

Punx is Hippies – Why Am I Here? #2


A Review of After Denver by Big Bruiser Dope Boy – Maudlin House

Penis Man: An Exclusive Interview with the Viral, Tempe, AZ Graffiti Artist – American West

What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk: An Interview with Zinester and Writer Jessie Lynn McMains – Maximum Rocknroll

You First Real Banned Book: An Interview with Big Bruiser Dope Boy – American West

Interview: Author Noah Cicero on his newest novel, writing process, and favorite Western writers – American West


A Love (for the Crunch Wrap) Supreme, Nate Perkins Interviewed – Hello America

Currents, An Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Ep. 3: Nathaniel Kennon Perkins) – Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Episode 8 with Nate Perkins – The Weekly Download


the more things you like, the more fun you have, an interview with Nathaniel Kennon Perkins) – Textual Healing Podcast


Indie Cast – podcast

Review: Wallop by Nathaniel Kennon Perkins – Razorcake

Still Punk: A Review of Wallop – Timber Journal

Nathaniel Kennon Perkins Interviewed by Rob Kaniuk – Schuylkill Valley Journal

Quarantine Reading: Books You Shouldn’t Forget to Buy – Entropy Mag

Review: The Way Cities Feel to Us Now by Nathaniel Kennon Perkins – Entropy Mag

Best of 2019: Best Fiction Books – Entropy Mag


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