Whether telling her own stories or reporting on the lives of others, Nina is drawn to boundary breakers and in-between places. Her debut memoir, LOVE IS A BURNING THING, is out May 7 from Dutton Books, and is available for preorder now. Set at the foot of a cosmic mountain, it's a story about fire, family, and what it means to believe; about the boundaries between mysticism and mental illness. 

As a culture writer and essayist, she makes unexpected connections; whether profiling the sole woman in the Ruff Ryders street-bike crew or exploring the prophecy of the mystical udumbara flower. Read her work in GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Gossamer, Outside, Bitch, and more. Nina holds an MFA from Rutgers, was a 2023 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Nonfiction Literature, and a RESP Fellow. She lives in New York City.

Photo credit: LaQuann Dawson, 2023