Nickole Brown

Nickole Brown is the author of Sister, first published in 2007 with a new edition reissued in 2018, both of which feature cicadas on the cover. Her second book, Fanny Says (BOA Editions), won the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry in 2015. Currently, she teaches every summer at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA program and lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she volunteers at several different animal sanctuaries. Since 2016, she’s been writing about these animals. To Those Who Were Our First Gods, a chapbook of these first poems, won the 2018 Rattle Prize, and her essay in poems, The Donkey Elegies, was published in 2020 by Sibling Rivalry Press. She’s the president of the Hellbender Gathering of Poets, an annual environmental literary festival set to launch in Black Mountain, North Carolina, in October of 2025.