Nancy Hightower has written essays about spiritual and politics, mental illness, and #metoo for NBC News Think, Sojourners, Joyland, and The Huffington Post. She reviewed science fiction and fantasy for The Washington Post, Newsday, and NPR; and her creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have appeared in journals such as Joyland, Entropy, Vol. 1 Brooklyn storySouth, Sundog Lit, Breadcrumbs, Drunk Monkeys, and Spry, among others. Her debut novel, Elementarí Rising (2013) received a starred review in Library Journal and was chosen as Debut of the Month. Her poetry collection The Acolyte (Port Yonder Press, 2015) offers a feminist interpretation of biblical narratives, and she is currently working on a memoir about growing up in the evangelical South. From 2018-2020, she was on the board of directors for Epiphany Magazine.
She received a PhD in English/Creative Writing from the University of Denver and taught the rhetorics of the fantastic, uncanny, and grotesque in art and literature at the University of Colorado and went on to be the art columnist for Jeff and Ann VanderMeer’s Weird Fiction Review. She currently teaches classes on digital storytelling, literary studies, and American Literature at Hunter College in New York City.
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