About

Nicole Zelniker is the author of several books. Her most recent book, Until We Fall, was a finalist for the Forward Indie Book Awards. She is currently querying her first young adult novel, All I Know So Far.

Nicole has published several short stories in literary magazines such as The Hungry Chimera,  Fixional, littledeathlit, The Nassau Review, Newtown Literary, Ginosko Literary, New Reader Magazine, Peregrine, and Spoonie Press. She has been published in several anthologies, including Nothing Without Us, 101 Proof Horror, Signs of Life, Mood Reader, and SATURNALIA, the last of which is online. Nicole won the Rachel Lindner Leahy Award in 2017 for her creative writing.

Her essays can be found in The Nasiona, Uncomfortable Revolution, Folks, The Writers College, The Spoonie Authors Network, and Read Her Like An Open Book. You can read excerpts from her first book, Mixed, on The Nasiona and The Scrib’s websites.

She has also had several pieces of poetry published in literary magazines such as The Greenleaf Review, Quail Bell Magazine, Aphelion, Sheila-Na-Gig, Gravitas, Thimble, The Tiger Moth Review, Juke Joint, Genre: Urban Arts, Coffin Bell, and Fearsome Critters. In 2015, she won the Anthony Abbott Undergraduate Poetry Competition.

In addition to an author of prose and poetry, Nicole is also a journalist. Nicole graduated from the Columbia Journalism School in 2018 and has written for multiple publications, including USA Today, The Pulitzer Prizes, Capital & MainNew Voices, Yes! Weekly, and School Stories among others. In 2021, Nicole wrote for Triad City Beat, where she covered timely Q&As, abortion in the Triad, and COVID policies across North Carolina. That same year, Nicole wrote a series for The Dillydoun Review about various cities one year after George Floyd’s murder.

Nicole is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Knee Brace Press, a literary magazine dedicated to telling stories about chronic illness, disability, mental health, and neurodivergence.