Nancy Hightower is an author and poet, as well as an art critic and fiction reviewer who currently writes for The Washington Post. Her debut epic fantasy novel, Elementarí Rising, was published in September 2013 with Pink Narcissus Press and received a starred review from Library Journal. She has co-authored, along with Carrie Ann Baade, the Cute and Creepy exhibition catalogue, an art book of contemporary macabre and surrealist works.

On the academic side, Nancy has a PhD in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Denver, and previously taught the rhetorics of the fantastic, uncanny, and grotesque in art and literature at the University of Colorado. Her short fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including The New York Quarterly, Word Riot, storySouth, Prick of the Spindle, Gargoyle,  and is forthcoming in A cappella Zoo and Stone Highway Review.