Women Who Rock is a monthly dinner party hosted by Natalie Patterson and Khalehla Rixon with the goal to create a space for inspiring women to come together for food, conversation, and connection.
Natalie Patterson is a poet with the heart of a photographer; she is about capturing a moment. She got her start in the dark, under covers as a child. In 10th grade, she recalls wishing she was a poet like a classmate. In 2002, while seated on a beanbag in a crowded poetry venue Natalie knew her life would be far different than she envisioned. She had never shared one of her poems and even writing outside of a journal was new. With a few poems, dedication and a bunch of passion Natalie went on to make the Los Angeles Slam team, get accepted to NACA and book a full college tour and run a monthly poetry venue, The Siren Collective. Natalie soon began developing her own curriculum and her love of teaching emerged stronger than ever. At the recommendation of a fellow poet, the legendary Stan Lathan asked her to facilitate a poetry based educational event, after a job well done he followed with an offer to join the cast of Debbie Allan's Def Poetry ALL star show.
The spirit of contribution always extremely central to Natalie’s life work she continued to support the nations largest weekly poetry venue, Da’ Poetry Lounge (the venue she began in) nearly every week since 2003. As a result of that commitment and dedication in 2010, she become the first female producer and host in the 15-year history. That same year, Natalie developed and facilitated innovative poetry programs for under-resourced youth as Director of Poetry for Collective Voices Foundation, teaching eight classes a week at five different schools.
In a series of fortunate events, Natalie left the familiar of Da Poetry Lounge after a decade to focus on building her own brand.
In January 2014, Natalie and her work were featured on the entire season of SoulPancake's "That's What She Said" web series. SoulPancake has over 1 million global subscribers, shooting Natalie from a local market into the world. While the international success has given her a larger audience and platform, Natalie remains grounded in her goal to change the world one poem at a time.
Natalie is currently teaching her private workshop, Reconnecting: Vulnerability and Integrity, as well as in high school and college classrooms throughout the nation. Natalie seeks to spend more time creating, collaborating and teaching in the years to come. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Natalie enjoys love notes, working in the middle of the night, black tea, spending Sunday’s in love and being paid for her art.
Khalehla is very bad at writing her own biography and always thinks about the fact that people write these biographies in third person. When Khalehla reads said biographies she often sighs, "I know you wrote this," while shoving another slice of pizza into her mouth.
Khalehla is a writer, producer, and artist currently living in Los Angeles, California. She grew up on a farm and once tried to hatch geese eggs so she could recreate the movie Fly Away Home. Her mother used to play the musical RENT throughout the house in 1997. Although she knew all of the words, even the ones she wasn't allowed to say, it took her until 2003 to convince her mother to let her see it live. From that moment on, her dream was to live in New York City and sing from a fire escape. Both dreams came true when she attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for Dramatic Writing and Producing. Whenever there was a fire escape and a drink in her hand you could find Khalehla serenading the street with her mash up of "Out Tonight," "Take Me or Leave Me," and "La Vie Boheme." It will always be the best cover she's ever heard. She was never sober when this occurred.
Khalehla is 1/2 of the female comedy duo behind Boy Drama Productions. Their sketch comedy has been featured on Buzzfeed, DailyMotion, and at Cinema Selects at SXSW. Khalehla was a youth consultant on MTV's Underemployed, worked for ABC's The Revolution in New York City, has produced commercial specs in Los Angeles, and writes freelance copy for Works Advertising. She has finished two pilots and a screenplay, like everyone else in Los Angeles. But you should probably read hers. She likes to write both drama and comedy because that's life. If you want to read them, you should email me, I mean her. She loves anything and anyone who can make her laugh. She falls in love daily. If you give her cheese she will probably marry you, if she hasn't already married herself.