Nikki Kallio's creative work has appeared in Minerva Rising, Midwestern Gothic and elsewhere. Her essay "Cold Front" was published in the 2021 anthology "(Her)oics: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Coronavirus Pandemic," from Pact Press. She's a winner of the Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest, and her novella “The Fledgling” was shortlisted in the Brain Mill Press 2018 unsolicited novella contest. She has an MFA from Goddard College and has lead workshops for The Mill: A Place for Writers, the UntitledTown Book & Author Festival and Wide Open Writing, a retreat organization that has brought writers to Tuscany, Morocco and Mexico. Nikki worked as a newspaper journalist on both coasts before coming home to Wisconsin, where she is now a freelance writer, editor and instructor.
(Her)oics: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Coronavirus Pandemic
(Her)oics: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Coronavirus Pandemic draws together the stories of fifty-two women across the U.S. during the Covid-19 pandemic. The collection encompasses the perspectives of women who are: front-line responders and recovering patients; going out to work, staying home to work, and losing their jobs; living with multiple generations and living in isolation; women grieving loved ones and celebrating new love; women preparing to give birth and supporting the dying. Although differing based on location, age, race, and health, they share the unique capacity of women to bring their strength, ingenuity and love—for others and for self—to an uncertain time. The anthology is inspired by both the risks of the pandemic inherent to women and their tremendous role in the country’s response.