Future Readings/Appearances

  • Who Will Speak for America? Launch Party, Tuesday, June 26th, 7-10 p.m. at L’Etage, Philadelphia, PA

  • A Reading at Transmitter: Barlow/Hightower/Valente, Thursday, June 28, 7-9 pm, Brooklyn, NY

  • Book Launch: Who Will Speak for America? Edited by Stephanie Feldman & Nathaniel Popkin — Featuring Readings by KC Trommer, Sam J. Miller, Nancy Hightower, & Herman Beavers, Powerhouse Arena, Thursday, September 27, 7-9 p.m., Brooklyn, NY

Past Readings/Panels


  • The Strand Bookstore, Poet a Day/Microresidency Project, April 4th, 1-3 pm
  • “Female pleasure and Societal Shame: Recovering from Trauma” The Pleasure Panel, New Women Space, 188 Woodpoint Rd, April 5th, 7-9 pm
  • “Writing the Hybrid Essay,” (workshop), Spring Writer’s Conference, William Paterson University, April 14th
  • “Monster Cultures,” with Sofia Samatar, Carmen Machado, Kelly Link, and Theodora Goss, AWP, March 10,
  • “A Reading by Women of Speculative Fiction,” AWP, March 2018
  • Linebreak Reading Series, Queens, March 3, 2018


  • “Of Saints and Monsters” (curator): Featuring: Britt Canty, Jessie Chaffee, Swati Khurana and Rosamond S. King, St. Peters’ Chelsea, Oct 25, 7 pm.
  • “Digital Storytelling as Resistance,” Society for Comparative Literature and Art, Johns Hopkins University, October 20
  • Lyrics, Lit, and Liquor, Brooklyn Lit Crawl, October 6th, Black Forest, Brooklyn 7pm
  • Guerrilla Lit Reading Series, with Alex Gilvarry and Jessie Chaffee, September 13th
  • KGB: Karen Heuler, Nancy Hightower and Matthew Lansburgh, September 17th
  • St. Peter’s, Chelsea presents Artists Resist, July 20th
  • Line Break Reading Series, Queens Book Festival Edition, Sunday, May 28
  • The Rally Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY, April 27
  • Writers Read NYC, NY, April 23
  • Lit, Lyrics, and Liquor, HiFi Bar, NY, NY, March 14th
  • Brew XII: An Evening of Literary Works, The Hungry Ghost, Brooklyn, NY, March 9
  • Les Bleus, February 23
  • “MFA or Bust?” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Washington D.C, February 2017
  • Sundays at Erv’s, Erv’s on Beekman, Brooklyn, NY, January 8th



  • Bourgeois Pig Cafe, Chicago, IL, 2015
  • Miss Spoken Reading Series, Gallery Cabaret, Chicago, IL, 2015
  • “Finding True (H)Appiness – “A Dialog Event with Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, Amanda Stern, and Nancy Hightower,” New York, NY 2015
  • Hideaway Salon Series, Electric Studios, Brooklyn, NY  2015
  • LIC Arts Open, Shangri‐la Gallery, Queens, NY, 2015
  • Lit Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY,  2015
  • LIT at Lark Reading Series, Lark Café, Brooklyn, NY, 2015
  • Phyllis Robertson Program Series, Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library, Blissfield, MI, 2014
  • “Reimagining the Fantastic,” CAS WR100, Fairy Tales and Literature. Arts and Sciences Writing Program, Boston University 2014
  • Lamprophonic Emerging Writers Series, Symphony Space, New York City, NY, 2014
  • Pink Narcissus Press Group Reading, Readercon, Burlington, MA,  2014
  • The Authors Corner on Public Radio,  2014
  • “Dear Reader, I Reviewed It: VIDA and Women in Book Reviewing,” (panel), Out of the Binders: Symposium on Women Writers Today, Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute, NYU, 2014
  • International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL,  2014
  • Reading with D.T. Friedman, New York Review of Science Fiction Readings, Soho Gallery  for Digital Art, New York City, NY,  2014
  • Hour of the Wolf with Jim Freund, WBAI, New York City, NY, 2014
  • “Re-remembering the Fractured Past,” English 474, Writers of Color in American Speculative Fiction, English Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014
  • Electric Velocipede group reading, Bluestocking Books, New York City, NY, February 2014
  • “Under the Skin,” Hop Leaf Bar, Chicago, IL, 2013
  • Pathways to Publication” (panel), Chicago Book Expo, 2013
  • World Science Fiction Convention, San Antonio, TX 2013
  • “Transforming Fact into Fiction,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL,  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


SF Signal at 2014 Worldcon

Virtual 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