Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Greg Nicholl began his undergraduate education at The Evergreen State College and Pacific Lutheran University where he received his BA in English (Creative Writing) and German. Greg spent a year in Marburg, Germany, studying Germanistik (German language and literature) at Philipps-Universität Marburg. He then earned an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where he studied with Jean Valentine and Mark Wunderlich, among others.


His poetry has appeared in Boulevard, The Cortland Review, Crab Orchard Review, Ecotone, Mid-American Review, North American Review, Post Road, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He has been a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press), the Many Voices Project (New Rivers Press), the Crab Creek Review Editors’ Prize, the Erskine J. Poetry Prize (Smartish Pace), and the River Styx International Poetry Contest as well as semi-finalist for the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize (BOA Editions), the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry (U. North Texas Press), Crab Orchard Series in Poetry (Southern Illinois U. Press), the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, and the Hudson Prize (Black Lawrence Press). To date he has received four Pushcart Prize nominations.


Greg currently lives in Boston and works in publishing as a freelance editor.

... as if the town changed its mind,

it packed itself up, powered down the lights,

and siphoned off the spigots one by one.

(from "The Years")


Below are some of the journals where my poetry can be found online.