BIO

 
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BECK NISON

she/they


writer, artist, educator, collaborator, curious citizen of the world, humble student of life, seeker of light, documenter of healing

I'm the author and illustrator of If We'd Never Seen the Sea.


As a part-time assistant professor at Parsons School of Design, I teach students the power of discovering their voices through writing. I received my MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from The New School and my BFA in Creative Writing, with a minor in Visual Arts, from Emerson College.


I recently trained in Usui Reiki Levels 1 and 2 with Aki Hirata-Baker and Manu del Prete. I will be studying hypnotherapy with Shauna Cummins at the Divine Feminine School of Hypnosis in 2021.

 

RESIDENCIES + FELLOWSHIPS

Byrdcliffe AiR

Lacawac Sanctuary

Noepe Center for Literary Arts

Sterling Watson Fellowship

AFFILIATIONS

Parsons School of Design, Part-time Assistant Professor

Terra Cultura, Advisory Board

Whoopi + Maya, Board of Directors

PEN America, Prison Writing Program Mentor

ACADEMIC EDUCATION

The New School

MFA: Creative Writing, Fiction 

Emerson College

BFA: Creative Writing, Minor in Visual Arts

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION + TRAINING

Minka Brooklyn

Usui Reiki Level 1 + 2

with Manu del Prete + Aki Hirata Baker

Minka Brooklyn

Foundations of Personal Evolution

Divine Feminine School of Hypnosis

with Shauna Cummins, 2021

EXHBITIONS

coming soon

HONORS + AWARDS

Pushcart Prize, 2 Nominations

Finalist, Bellevue Literary Review Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry

Finalist, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review’s Franz Kafka Magical Realism Contest

Finalist, The Masters Review’s Annual Contest

First Place Winner, The Vera List Center for Art and Politics Art Collection Writing Award

 
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Byrdcliffe AiR Spotlight

"Becca Nison is a maker, word crafter, and investigator of sensations within the self and surroundings. Lavender in a treasure chest, mint leaves refracting light from a water vase, abundant colors tiling the floor - Becca's sensitive explorations of the physical world adds an element of eloquence to raw reality. Looking inward and outward, the body becomes a sensational landscape; the belly button as a portal, anatomy as arching curves, fingers and toes as delicate grounding points."

 

I BELIEVE

in questions over answers; in discovery over perfection; in healing work as justice work; in healing as a creative act; in not one truth, but many; in the we above the I.

I believe it is our honor and responsibility to unlearn throughout our lifetimes.

I believe that vulnerability is courageous;

that our imaginations have the power to rebuild a more balanced world;

that collective healing is not only necessary, but possible;

that storytelling can be medicine;

that writing can be a portal to compassion, courage, grounding, clarity, and decolonizing our perspectives. 

I believe

there are no protagonists here on earth, save Earth herself. We, the living, are voices in her chorus.

 

INTERVIEWS

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THE KENYON REVIEW

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LUNA LUNA,
WITH JOANNA C. VALENTE

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PANK'S THE LIGHTNING ROOM,
WITH SIMON JACOBS

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CURLEW QUARTERLY, 
WITH ISAAC MYERS III

Forthcoming