NICOLE R. ZIMMERMAN was a 2019–20 recipient of the Discovered Awards for Emerging Visual and Literary Artists, a program produced by Creative Sonoma. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and is an alumna of Lit Camp. Her Pushcart-nominated work appears in anthologies, literary journals, and newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Creative Nonfiction. Nicole has freelanced as a reporter for Petaluma Patch, as a Towns correspondent for The Press Democrat, and as a copywriter for Grove Collaborative, Hipcamp, and Viator, a Tripadvisor company. She taught creative writing in after-school programs and is a certified AWA Affiliate, leading workshops in the Amherst Writers & Artists method.

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Nicole R. Zimmerman’s essays are infused with love, tenderness and a very sharp eye. She writes about her family, and in telling their stories, captures their world, their era, and her own deep connection to each relative. Zimmerman has an arsenal of literary tools at her disposal. Her prose shimmers. She chooses the perfect revealing detail as she captures someone’s childhood. Her dialogue is often surprising and spot-on; we hear and learn these characters through their very real conversations. And she shapes her essays dramatically so we feel the energy and drive of each story.

Zimmerman is ambitious and dedicated to her art. 

—Discovered Artists Juror's Statement by New York Times bestselling author Ellen Sussman