Nicholas Belardes writes fiction, essays and poetry. He’s also a ghostwriter for popular fiction. His essay collection RANTING OUT LOUD: MY LIFE, POP CULTURE & HOW WE SOMETIMES DON’T GET ALONG is forthcoming December, 2016. Another title, CHEAP MOVIE TRICKS, about DIY indie filmmaking, is being co-written with Rickey Bird of Hectic Films. That book is due out in early 2017.
You can find his graphic narrative series, “Wastoids” currently running weekly in Barrelhouse, and his space monkey fiction in Carve Magazine. Other stories, poetry and illustrations have appeared in Pithead Chapel, The Island Review, Memoir Journal, 826 Seattle’s What to Read in the Rain, Mission at Tenth, the Nervous Breakdown, and others. He illustrated the New York Times best-selling novel West of Here, and is the author of the first original twitterature, Small Places, which has been talked about in the U.K. Guardian, Telegraph, Reuters, Christian Science Monitor, Wired, The Bohemian, and more. He’s contributed to CNN and other news sites, and once talked about red-haired witches on Coast to Coast A.M. with George Noory.
Son of a truck driver, father of musicians, he’s lectured at UCLA, Regis University, Memoir Journal, BARD College, CSU Bakersfield, Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso College, Yosemite Writers Conference, River Center, Art Institute of Las Vegas, Random Writers Workshop and more. Nicholas currently lives in San Luis Obispo, CA with his partner, writer Jane Hawley. Interviews and other requests: firstname.lastname@example.org. He tweets from @nickbelardes.