• Profile:

    Nina Boutsikaris is the author of I'm Trying to Tell You I'm Sorry (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming 2019). Her nonfiction has appeared in Third Coast, Fourth Genre, Entropy, Redivider, The Los Angeles Review, The Offing, Hobart, Brevity, and elsewhere, and her work was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. She has taught at the University of Arizona, where she earned her MFA in creative nonfiction, and the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and was awarded a 2016 Peter Taylor Fellowship at The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. This fall she will be a Provost's Merit Scholar MA candidate in the CUNY Graduate Center’s Liberal Studies program.

    Degrees Held:

    MALS Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center

    MFA, Creative Nonfiction, University of Arizona, 2015

    BA, Writing, Ithaca College, 2009

    Professional Affiliations:

    Gotham Writers' Workshop

    Recent Publications:


    I'm Trying to Tell You I'm Sorry. Black Lawrence Press. (Forthcoming, 2019)



    “The Lights from Houses.” Third Coast. Forthcoming. Print

    “Marley Shelton as Wendy Peffercorn in the Sandlot (1993).” Goodnight Sweet Prince.

    April 2016. Online.

    “This One Long Winter.” Fourth Genre. Forthcoming. Print.

    “On Being Cold.” Entropy. June 12, 2016. Online.

    “What I Know.” Puerto del Sol 51.2. Spring 2016. Print.

    “I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry.” Redivider 3.1. Spring 2016. Print.

    “The Tuesday Evening Train.” The Los Angeles Review Vol 18. Fall 2015. Print.

    “Sons & Other Strangers.” The Offing. July 2, 2015. Online.

    “When Clara Died.” Spartan 2, Winter 2015. Print and Online.

    “Thieving.” Hobart. Dec 3, 2014. Online.

    “Skin.” Booth 7. Fall 2014. Print and Online

    “What Doo-Wop Does.” Mid-American Review Vol XXXV, 1. 120-121. Fall 2014. Print.

    “Surrender.” Brevity 38. Winter 2011. Online.

    Research Interests:

    memoir, autobiography, gender, sexuality, aesthetics, modernity, short form

    Awards And Honors:

    Provost's Merit Scholarship, CUNY Graduate Center -- Fall 2017

    Writer in Resident, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts -- June 2017

    Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2016, Ed. Jonathan Franzen — 2016

    Peter Taylor Assistant Fellowship, The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop — June 2016

    Beacon Street Prize for Nonfiction, Judged by Susannah Cahalan — 2015

    University of Arizona Foundation Award for Creative Nonfiction — Fall 2014

    Julia Flynn Siler Scholarship, Squaw Valley Writers Workshop — Summer 2014

    Johnnie Raye Harper Excellence in Teaching Nominee, University of Arizona — 2014

    Graduate Assistant Teaching Scholarship, University of Arizona — 2013-2015