Nia Dickens is a writer, focused primarily in fiction. Raised between Tallahassee, Florida and University Place, WA, her work centers on Southern Black coming-of-age narratives in literary and young adult fiction. She's a former fellow of Richard Hugo House (Seattle) and alum of Hurston/Wright and VONA Voices workshops. In 2020, she received Martha Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing's Voices of Color Fellowship and began her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Miami.
In a past life, she was awarded two English Teaching Assistantships (Fulbright 2015 & TAPIF 2016) and worked in journalism, reporting on technology and community theater across the DMV area. When she's not writing, she spends her time working in nonprofits, formerly within workforce development in Seattle and now with Tacoma based youth literary arts.
She's spent the last few years working on a novel-in-stories that wrestles with the weight of inter-generational landownership, legacy, love among a group estranged cousins.