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
Noepe Center for Literary Arts
Sterling Watson Fellowship
Parsons School of Design, Part-time Assistant Professor
Terra Cultura, Advisory Board
Whoopi + Maya, Board of Directors
PEN America, Prison Writing Program Mentor
The New School
MFA: Creative Writing, Fiction
BFA: Creative Writing, Minor in Visual Arts
ADDITIONAL EDUCATION + TRAINING
Usui Reiki Level 1 + 2
with Manu del Prete + Aki Hirata Baker
Foundations of Personal Evolution
Divine Feminine School of Hypnosis
with Shauna Cummins, 2021
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
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."
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.
there are no protagonists here on earth, save Earth herself. We, the living, are voices in her chorus.