Nicholas Belardes writes fiction, essays and poetry. He’s also a ghostwriter for popular fiction. His essay collection AMERICAN RANTS: MY LIFE, POP CULTURE & HOW WE SOMETIMES DON’T GET ALONG is forthcoming December, 2016. Another forthcoming title, CHEAP MOVIE TRICKS: HOW TO SHOOT A FILM FOR UNDER $2,000, is being co-written with Rickey Bird of Hectic Films. That book is due out in early 2017.
You can find Nicholas’s space monkey fiction in Carve Magazine. Other stories, poetry and illustrations have appeared in Pithead Chapel, Memoir Journal, 826 Seattle’s What to Read in the Rain, Knock Magazine, Mission at Tenth, the Nervous Breakdown, the Weeklings, and others. He illustrated the New York Times best-selling novel West of Here, and is the author of the first experimental twitterature, Small Places, which has been covered 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, Central Coast Writers Conference, Random Writers Workshop and more. Interviews and other requests: firstname.lastname@example.org. He tweets from @nickbelardes.