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Nicole Walker

Nicole Walker is the author of the collections The After-Normal: Brief, Alphabetical Essays on a Changing Planet from Rose Metal Press and Sustainability: A Love Story from Mad Creek Books. Her previous nonfiction work includes Where the Tiny Things Are, Egg, Micrograms, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, and a book of poems This Noisy Egg. She wishes she’d gone with the original title for her collection of poems, “Comeuppance,” so she only had one book with “Egg” in the title, but like eggs or chickens, the poetry collection came first. She is the co-president of NonfictioNOW, the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award, a noted author in several Best American Essays, nonfiction editor at Diagram, and is a founding member of the MFA Program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Her books have been honored with a Nautilus Award, Independent Press Award, and Foreword Reviews Best Nonfiction Award. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, she left as quickly as she could at 17 for Reed College in Portland, Oregon. While she loved Portland, when she had the chance to return to Salt Lake for graduate school, she jumped at the chance. Salt Lake had changed, becoming more welcoming. She spent the next eight years studying in and around Utah. It became her home again. She’s lucky she now lives just two hours south of the Utah border.


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