I am a Black speculative fiction and non-fiction writer with an MFA from the Stonecoast low-residency program out of the University of Southern Maine. I primarily write about worlds that don’t yet (quite) exist – visions of the almost future, sideways glimpses into magic realms, quick trips into the land of the horrifyingly possible. (Want to see what I’ve been up to over the past year? Check out my 2018 award-eligibility post!) I am also fascinated by people who embody one of my favorite Sondheim lyrics: nice is different than good.
I am a graduate of the Odyssey Writers Workshop, winner of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s 2017 Diverse Worlds Grant and Diverse Writers Grant and a 2019 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, and one of the Carl Brandon scholars for the 2018 Writing Excuses cruise.
On the gaming and interactive side of things, I write scripts for long-form audio narrative exergame Zombies, Run!, am working on a speculative fiction workplace comedy for Choice of Games, and have a short interactive fiction piece in the December issue of Sub-Q.
And finally, as a non-fiction writer, I’ve reviewed books and written essays about being a black writer in speculative fiction and why dystopias are important, among other topics.
You can find me talking about life and fiction on Twitter at @nirele and you can find out what’s currently rattling around in my brain on Patreon at patreon.com/nirele.