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Nina Adel

Featured Work


Bellevue Literary Review Issue 38
2020 Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction Winner


Writer, Artist, Musician, Educator

Milwaukee native Nina Adel writes hybrid works based in creative nonfiction, fictionalized memoir and sometimes poetry, in addition to music. She is the coordinator and instructor of the Porch Writers’ Collective Creative Writing for Immigrants and Refugees Program. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and an MA in English and Writing from Belmont University, as well as undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music in Composition and Vocal Performance. Nina Adel recently won the Bellevue Literary Review’s 2020 Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction and has been published in Linden Avenue Literary JournalSweet Tree ReviewMoriaSelcouth StationThe TennesseanLouisiana Folklife Studies Journal, and New Sun Rising, among other publications, and is a Glimmer Train honorable mention recipient. She has recorded and toured behind three albums of original music. Nina lives in the heart of Nashville alongside her two children and two dogs and teaches at Columbia State Community College.


Artistry & Occupations

Language, land and the human condition occupy her time, thoughts and creative endeavors.


a writer creating hybrid literary works joining memoir, short and flash fiction and song


an artist of language, sound, images, thought and tangible creative works


a musician who wrote, performed and co-produced three studio-length records


an educator who teaches her students – youth & adult,  native & non-native English speakers, college & creative writers – to enhance and liberate their language

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