Nell is a born and bred New Yorker who spent her formative years in Prospect Park. She attended Wesleyan University where she double-majored in Art History and English (Creative Writing), graduating with honors from the English Department for her creative writing thesis “Finding lost things,” a meditation on family and memory. She was also a recipient of the Boylan Award for an “outstanding piece of creative nonfiction” from Wesleyan University’s Writing Program. While at Wesleyan, Nell was a member of the Women’s Varsity Squash Team, elected Captain her Senior year, and was a Scholar Athlete and NESCAC All-Academic for all eligible seasons.
Following graduation, Nell worked for US Squash, a nonprofit for the sport, as a Communications Manager and Associate Editor/Writer for Squash Magazine, then transitioned into publishing with internships at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and the Carol Mann Literary Agency. Nell is a recent graduate of Columbia University’s MFA Program in Fiction where she was nominated for a Henfield Prize, which recognizes “the best work in fiction” by a second-year graduate student. She has taught throughout her educational career, including through Columbia Artists/Teachers (CA/T)—a program that places MFA students in New York City high schools—and Columbia University’s Pre-College Summer program as an Advanced Creative Writing Workshop instructor, as well as through The Writers Workshop of Nantucket, a new arts center on the island that Nell co-founded with a friend from graduate school. Nell has worked with students of all ages and writing backgrounds and their projects, like personal and academic essays, short stories, poems, even novels, and enjoys supporting students through the revision process.
Often with a book in hand, or at least in her tote bag, Nell can be found on the squash court, wandering through museums (favorites include The Frick and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), or curling up on the couch to watch the latest episode of Insecure.