(2000 Graduate) Nikki Moustaki’s memoir, “The Bird Market of Paris: a Memoir,” is forthcoming from Henry Holt in early 2015. Nikki holds an MA in poetry from New York University (1997), an MFA in poetry from Indiana University (2000), and an MFA in fiction from NYU (2008). She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant in poetry, along with other national writing awards, including three Pushcart Press nominations. Her poetry and essays have appeared in various literary magazines, anthologies, and textbooks, including Poetry After 9-11: An Anthology of New York Poets, and America Now, chosen by Robert Atwan, editor of the Best American Essays series; she has also published fiction in the American Literary Review, and others. Nikki’s 45 published educational and how-to books, on topics from choosing a college to training dogs, have been translated into five languages and have sold over half a million copies worldwide, including “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Poetry” and the Cliff’s Notes to “Dante’s Inferno” and Orwell’s “1984.” Before beginning her career as a freelance writer and editor, Nikki worked as an acquisitions and development editor at Macmillan Publishing and IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., where she specialized in the non-fiction market and edited more than 60 non-fiction titles. Nikki splits her time between New York City and Miami Beach.
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