I'm a graduate of the University of Arizona MFA program and I write nonfictionish stories about things that really happened. This fall I'll be an MA candidate in the CUNY Graduate Center's Liberal Studies program, where my research will focus on memoir, biography, sexuality, and modernity.

My first book, I'm Trying to Tell You I'm Sorry, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. Other work can be found in Third Coast, Fourth GenreThe Los Angeles Review, The Offing, RedividerHobart, Puerto del Sol, Entropy, Brevity, Booth, and elsewhere.

Awards and honors include a 2017 residency at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, a 2016 Pushcart Prize nomination, a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016The Kenyon Review Writer's Workshop Peter Taylor FellowshipRedivider's 2015 Beacon Street Prize for Nonfiction, the 2014 University of Arizona Foundation Award for Nonfiction, and The Writer Magazine's 2012 Travel Essay Contest.

I teach at Eugene Lang College and The Gotham Writers' Workshop, and have several years of experience in publicity, social, and narrative writing, as well as copyediting.

For one on one assistance with essays, manuscript development, MFA applications, and other creative writing endeavors, visit my Coaching page.

Yep, I'm on Twitter, too: @ninaboutsikaris.