Future Readings/Appearances

  • Guerrilla Lit Reading Series, with Alex Gilvarry and Jessie Chaffee, September 13th, 7:30 pm
  • KGB: Karen Heuler, Nancy Hightower and Matthew Lansburgh, September 17th, 7 p.m.

Past Readings/Panels

  • St. Peter’s, Chelsea presents Artists Resist, July 20th, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
  • Line Break Reading Series, Queens Book Festival Edition, Sunday, May 28, 2017, 2:00-2:45
  • The Rally Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY, April 2017
  • Writers Read NYC, NY, NY April 2017
  • Lit, Lyrics, and Liquor, March 14th, 7pm, HiFi Bar, NY, NY
  • Brew XII: An Evening of Literary Works,  March 9th, 7pm,  The Hungry Ghost, Brooklyn, NY
  • Les Bleus, February 23
  • Sundays at Erv’s, January 8th, 6 pm, Erv’s on Beekman, Brooklyn, NY
  • “MFA or Bust?” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Washington D.C, February 2017
  • Manhattanville Reading Series, December 20th, 7:30 Unnameable Books, Brooklyn, NY, December 2016
  • Flapperhouse Launch Reading, Pacific Standard,Brooklyn, NY, September 21,  2016
  • Collections of Flaws in a Black Dress Book Launch, Hell Phone, Brooklyn, NY, 2016, September 2016
  • Big Book of Science Fiction Panel Discussion (with Jeff Vandermeer (moderator), Ann VanderMeer, Ted Chiang, John Chu and Halimah Marcus). July 14th, 7 p.m., McNally Jackson Bookstore
  • HIP LIT Hideaway Salon, Brooklyn, NY, May 20th, 2016, 9 p.m.
  • Linebreak Reading Series, QED, Astoria, July 2, 2016 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Cross Poetry Reading Series, Jersey City, NJ, May 8, 2016, 6 pm
  • Poetry Reading and Reception, St. Peters Church, Chelsea, NY, May 5th, 7 pm
  • Queens Lit Crawl/Line break: Aged Restaurant, Forest Hills, starts at 6:30. I go on around 8:45
  • Pete’s Reading Series, Pete’s Candy Story, Brooklyn, NY, Thurs, April 21, 2016 7 p.m.
  • “Women in Spec: Women Writers in Speculative Poetry and Fiction,” Room 505, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level. Friday, April 1, 2016 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
  • “We Have Always Lived in the Castle,” AWP Conference 2016, Room 506, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level. April 2nd, 1:30-2:45 pm
  • Denver Bookbar, Denver, CO, March 31, 2016, 7-9 p.m.
  • International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL, March 19, 2016
  • Hi-Fi Reading series, with Carmen Mechado and Mensah Demary, March 7th, 8 pm
  • New Jersey City University Bookstore, Jersey City, NJ, March 3, 2016, 2-3 pm
  • Les Bleus Literary Salon, New York, NY February 2016
  • Bluestockings Bookstore, New York, NY, January 2016
  • Bourgeois Pig Cafe, Chicago, IL, November 2015
  • Miss Spoken Reading Series, Gallery Cabaret, Chicago, IL, November 2015
  • Hideaway Salon Series, Electric Studios, Brooklyn, NY October 2015
  • LIC Arts Open, Shangri‐la Gallery, Queens, NY, June 2015
  • Lit Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY, March 2015
  • LIT at Lark Reading Series, Lark Café, Brooklyn, NY, January 2015
  • Phyllis Robertson Program Series, Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library, Blissfield, MI, September 2014
  • Lamprophonic Emerging Writers Series, Symphony Space, New York City, NY, July 2014
  • Pink Narcissus Press Group Reading, Readercon, Burlington, MA, July 2014
  • The Authors Corner on Public Radio, May 2014
  • International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL, March 2014
  • Reading with D.T. Friedman, New York Review of Science Fiction Readings, Soho Gallery  for Digital Art, New York City, NY, February 2014
  • Hour of the Wolf with Jim Freund, WBAI, New York City, NY, February 2014
  • Electric Velocipede group reading, Bluestocking Books, New York City, NY, February 2014
  • “Under the Skin,” Hop Leaf Bar, Chicago, IL, November 2013
  • World Science Fiction Convention, San Antonio, TX 2013
  • “Transforming Fact into Fiction,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL, March 2013


“Sorting Science Fact from Science Fiction,” withC. Alex Young Associate Director, Science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Kojo Nnamdi show. 

Author Q&A Tethered by Letters

Acolytes and the Grotesque

Speculative Fiction discussion with Bryan Thao Worra, Speculate!

Reforming the Biblical Narrative

Christianity and the Grotesque

Interview at Bop Dead City

Mysterias SF Signal at 2014 WorldconVirtual Memories Podcast (my segment starts at 1:14)

Interview at Westword about my flash piece “The Four Horsemen,” which was presented as a work on paper

Reviews of my work

Octavia Cade’s review of The Acolyte in Strange Horizons

John H. Steven’s Review of The Acolyte

“Stunning imagery in this almost sinister tale, the kind you read then read again,” 101 Word Story‘s Flash Fiction Sunday Edition on “My Daughter’s Eyes”

“A surreal journey into the dark heart of memory and self-awareness.” Lois Tilton’s review of “Merea” in Locus. One of her recommended reads for 2012.

“Each line of the poem reflects on the loss of a lover; the lines masterfully intersect to create the same chaos with the moment of longing for something you no longer possess.” New Pages review of “The Forgetting”

“What the Father Would Have Said” was one of TowerBabel Review‘s online picks for August

A mythic world of terror and beauty, conjured in poetic prose.” Huffington Post on Elementari Rising


Cute and Creepy Exhibition Catalogue

“Nancy Hightower’s companion essay “Revelatory Monsters: Deconstructive Hybrids, the Grotesque and Pop Surrealism” is an examination of humanity’s obsession with that which terrifies/pleasures “the monster” and that which repels/intrigues “the grotesques” and how this duality is at the very core of humanity. Ms. Hightower’s essay is also a guiding narrative to select exhibition pieces and takes the reader on a tour of the many aspects of pop surrealism and what it has become today. Her lush descriptions and scholarly references bring validity to an art style that in the past been criticized as being kitschy and or lowbrow.” Gabrielle Reed,  Art Libraries Society of North America.

Elementarí Rising

“Reading Elementari Rising, one feels immersed in an alternate world that truly exists, that has only been waiting for readers to discover it, much in the manner of Middle Earth or Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea. Hightower’s prose, never faltering from its poetic register even in the narrative’s most mundane moments, contributes to this immutable sense of otherworldly reality.We are aware at every moment that this not a story about the petty squabbles of people, but of something much larger and crueler.”   Ilana Teitelbaum, Huffington Post

“Hightower’s debut mixes elements of classic epic fantasy with ecological ideas. Interesting characters and an unusual world of deathless trees and common folk who are more than they seem make this a winner for fans of epic fantasy.” Library Journal. Debut of the Month, Starred Review, 10/15/13