Nancy Hightower received a Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Denver. Her creative non-fiction dissertation chronicled her father working for three televangelists in the 1970’s and 80’s, among them Jim and Tammy Bakker of PTL fame. She has published short fiction and poetry in journals such as The New York Quarterly, storySouth, Gargoyle, and Word Riot. Nancy’s eco-fantasy novel, Elementarí Rising, came out from Pink Narcissus Press in September 2013, received a starred review in Library Journal, and was named Debut of the Month.

This spring, Port Yonder Press will publish The Acolyte, her first collection of poetry that rediscovers myth and ritual through a surreal, feminist interpretation of Biblical stories. Kinds of Leaving, her short story collection, was shortlisted for the Flann O’Brien Award for Innovative Fiction in 2014. Two stories from that collection recently won first place and honorable mention in Prick of the Spindle’s Open Fiction Competition, which was judged by Michael Martone. Currently, she reviews science fiction and fantasy for The Washington Post and was featured in the 100 Top Creatives Changing the World feature in Paul Miller’s Origin Magazine. She am committed to fostering collaborations that explore how multimedia platforms intersect with the humanities and guest lectures at universities about publishing and the state of creative culture.

If any of the above still doesn’t float your boat for an interesting bio, and you fall a bit more on the Gothic side: I co-authored the Cute and Creepy exhibition catalogue with Carrie Ann Baade, which was published by Florida State University’s Fine Art Museum in 2011 and was the art columnist for Jeff and Ann VanderMeer’s Weird Fiction Review from 2012-2013.