Narratively

Julia Métraux

Julia Métraux is a journalist whose work has appeared in Narratively, The Tempest, BUST, and Briarpatch Magazine.

Stories By Julia Métraux

The Pirate Queen Who Avenged Her Husband’s Death on the High Seas

After the King of France beheaded a nobleman on questionable charges, his devastated widow transformed into “the Lioness of Brittany” and spent the next decade exacting her...

The Writer Lifting the Veil on the Real Russian Experience

Margarita Gokun Silver’s unique personal history, and new essay collection, show that Soviet and Russian stories are more complex than pop culture would have you believe.

How This Stand-Up is Bringing Comedy and Self-Care Together

Elsa Eli Waithe on combining mental health and humor, the limits of Zoom comedy, and creating the “Slavers of New York” campaign.

The Royal Spy Who Became the Feminist Answer to Shakespeare

Aphra Behn was the first English woman in history to work as a professional writer. The only thing more colorful than her boundary-pushing stories was her own secretive life.

How This Writer Got a Book Deal From Her Narratively Story about the Socialite who Sterilized Her Daughter

Audrey Clare Farley always wanted to write a book about eugenics, and her essay on Ann Cooper Hewitt opened the door.

The Author Unpacking an Unhealthy Obsession

Candace Opper was fixated on her dead middle school crush. She wrote a book about trying to figure out why.

The Writers Who Want to Get Americans to Talk to Each Other Again

Narratively contributors Justine Lee and Tria Chang teamed up to "Make America Dinner Again" and bridge the political divide.

My Dad, the Globetrotting Businessman, Paleographer…and Spy?

Growing up, I thought everyone’s parents told them bedtime stories about being chased by the secret police and dodging bullets. As an adult, I started to wonder just who Dad...

The Indigenous Rebel Who Took the Fight to White Settlers

As colonists spread across North America, Louis Riel took up arms — and was demonized in Canada’s history books. After 150 years, it’s time to reevaluate his legacy.