My name is Nicole Melchionda and I am a graduate of Stetson University where I majored in English with a minor in creative writing. There I completed an independent study on gothic poetry with award-winning poet Terri Witek and worked closely with the journalist who founded reality blurred, Andy Dehnart.

During my studies, I wrote for Stetson Today and Stetson Magazine. I got to speak with lots of incredible people, including a neurobiologist who worked for President Obama. I was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, America’s oldest and most prestigious honorary society, and Sigma Tau Delta, an English honorary society.

One of my hobbies is hunting down my favorite writers. So far I’ve met Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Jonathan Safran Foer, Richard Dawkins, and Lawrence Krauss. I also started a love project called The Collidescope, which is an online literary magazine that’s home to the subversive/surreal.

My first job after graduating was teaching English in China. Now I’m living my dream as a full-time, freelance content writer, which means I get to travel around the world and bring my office with me.

I couldn’t be happier living each day working so closely with words. Feel free to explore my work and get to know me better. Thanks for stopping by!




  • “Nicole Melchionda’s poetry occupies the unique borderland between the human and the cosmic. Fossils, bodies, both physical and celestial, gaseous and quantum, seamlessly thread together until what makes us and the world out there separate seem less and less certain. Like breathing, light comes in, and, if you look closely enough, comes pouring back out. The macro and microcosmic are kindred spirits in Melchionda’s hands. Whether writing about the pain of certain losses, the people who informed her world and filled it with wonder, or accounting for all of the wounding that occurs along the way, her poems find their way into the most vulnerable but also expansive parts of our selves. Good poetry, once you’ve read it, won’t let you sleep at night. Melchionda’s work is an insomnia worth having. It will fuel your imagination and set certain dormant rooms to dreaming.”

    James Diaz, editor of Anti-Heroin Chic

  • “Nicole Melchionda’s ‘I-4 Misnomers’ is a disturbing study in euphemism and X-phemism – a scene of death painted in desensitised metaphor. Yet somehow, this poem produces something altogether more horrifying than anything a more gorified or plainly-spoken telling could muster. A peppermint-oil that only magnifies the stench, and a sympathetic half-smile to the investigators of such occurrences, whose emotional walls and mental acrobatics must defy human nature on a daily basis.”

    The Bees Are Dead on “I-4 Misnomers”

  • “In my editorial mind, there is a line. It separates the average puritanical brand of poetry and the poetry that explores hard truths and lands like a ton of bricks as opposed to a flower gently floating to the ground. Nicole’s poetry teeters on this line. Poetry is about flavor. Nicole is a master chef, who’s dedicated her life to creating this flavor. You, dear reader, could learn a thing or two from her. Flavor. Magic. Cover yourself now in stardust. Our master chef here has given us a mere taste, and we will all be left to wait for the main course.”

    Justin Hilliard, Editor of The Chaotic Review