Karol Nielsen

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

New York, NY

Author's Bio

Karol Nielsen is the author of two memoirs, Walking A&P (Mascot Books, 2018) and Black Elephants (Bison Books, 2011), and the chapbook, This Woman I Thought I'd Be (Finishing Line Press, 2012). She has contributed nonfiction and poetry to The Moment (Harper Perennial, 2012) and many publications. Her first memoir was selected as a New and Noteworthy Book by Poets & Writers and shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing by the Stanford University Libraries in 2012. Excerpts were honored as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays in 2010 and 2005. Her poetry collection was a finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry in 2007. She is a writer and editor who teaches creative nonfiction writing at New York Writers Workshop.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

The Moment (Harper Perennial, 2012)
Walking A&P: A Vietnam War Memoir (Mascot Books, 2018)
Black Elephants: A Memoir (Bison Books, 2011)


This Woman I Thought I'd Be (Finishing Line Press, 2012)
Columbia College Literary Review
Old Red Kimono
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Used Furniture Review
Women's Voices for Change
Prizes won: 

Shortlist, William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, Stanford University Libraries 2012; New and Noteworthy Book, Poets & Writers November/December 2011; Notable Essay, The Best American Essays 2010; Finalist, Colorado Prize for Poetry 2007; Notable Essay, The Best American Essays 2005

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Last update: May 21, 2019