Project Description

Photo by Erin Kane


A journalist and former news editor, Nicole Anderson Ellis was the 2009 recipient of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Environment. Her first novel, Succulent, was a finalist for the 2009 James River Writers Best Unpublished Novel Award. In 2014 she was invited to the Aspen Summer Words workshop to study with Melissa Bank.

Nicole is an associate professor of critical thinking and researched writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. When not writing or teaching, she works to protect clean water and open land, including serving as an elected director on her local soil and water conservation district’s board of directors. She and her husband, a musician and professor, live with their daughter on a tree farm outside Richmond, Virginia.