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.