Nancy Hightower is a photographer, writer, and college teacher who has written essays about spirituality, politics, and mental illness for NBC News Think, Sojourners, and The Huffington Post. She reviewed science fiction and fantasy for The Washington Post and NPR; and her creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and poetry have appeared in journals such as Entropy, Vol. 1 Brooklyn storySouth, Sundog Lit, and Drunk Monkeys, among others. She is the author of Elementarí Rising (2013) and a poetry collection, The Acolyte (Port Yonder Press, 2015).
Her photography captures New York City through puddle reflections, offering an uncanny, yet wondrous presentation of the city that borders on science fiction and fantasy. Winter trees which look barren and still start dancing when seen through such reflections, a reminder that ecosystems have another life we don’t often consider. Puddles then become magic portals that can transport our frame of reference.
Her visual art has or will appear in Cagibi Lit, Cobra Milk, Epiphany Magazine, and elsewhere. Prints of her photographs can be purchased at https://nancyhigh.picfair.com/
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. You can help support her art and writing by becoming a Patron over at her Patreon. or donating via the paypal button.