m.nicole.r.wildhood. Formatted just like that. No spaces, no capitals.
I’m a Colorado native who has been living in Seattle – and missing the sun – since 2006 (still not used to the taurpalins of clouds and consistency of sun-absence). I’ve been a saxophone player and registered scuba diver for over half my life. In addition to blogging here, I write poetry, fiction and short nonfiction, which have appeared in The Atlantic, The Atticus Review, Clash of the Couples and other anthologies, as well as magazines like The Sun, journals like Lodestone and Ballard: A Journal of Street Poetry and blogs like ditchpoetry.com and Café Aphra (more on my Publications page, including forthcoming work).
It’s become clear to me that I am an advocate for those experiencing mental and emotional suffering (more on my Resources and Reading page) and am drawn to misfits and “strays” – either within a population or within a person. I currently write for Seattle’s street newspaper Real Change and am at work on a novel, two chapbooks (one in Spanish) and two full-length poetry volumes, as well as short stories when avoiding work on the novel. I’m a bit of a hedgehog when it comes to new relationships but, as a friend said, “Just because it’s difficult to hug a hedgehog doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.” So drop me a line, if you care to, tell me a story, ask me a question (I prefer “where’s the edge?” to “how’s your day?”) and we’ll go from there.