Nino Cipri

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About Nino Cipri

Who I am and what I do

My name is Nino Cipri. I'm a writer, editor, labor organizer, baby academic, and (most recently)  teacher. I've written fiction, plays, poetry, essays, book reviews, food columns, blogs, listicles, zines, podcasts, travelogues, and comics. My work has been published by Nightmare Magazine, Tor.com, Fireside Fiction, Podcastle, Cicada, and other venues, and has been awarded places on the Tiptree Honor List and the Working Class Writers Grant. I have two books out now: Homesick, a collection of short stories, and Finna, a novella about queer heartbreak, shitty jobs, and wormholes. Its sequel Defekt will be published in April 2021. 

I write for lots of reasons: to make sense of things, to satisfy my curiosity or cure my boredom, to dig into fears, to tell truths.

A true story

When I was six years old, my first grade teacher interviewed each of her students. Decades later, I only remember one of her questions: What do you want to be when you grow up?

My answer was typed up and displayed for all to see: I want to be Hulk Hogan.

Suburban Commando had come out that year, with Hulk Hogan playing some kind of Flash Gordon ripoff in super-armor. What I really wanted to be when I grew up was an interstellar hero with an awesome spaceship, the ability to fight evil, and a leather headband. At six years old, however, I didn't really know how to articulate this.

I've been writing for more than half my life, in all kinds of formats. I've had enough success to think I can maybe make a living at it, and even if I can't, I should keep at it anyway. Since "interstellar superhero" is off the table, being a writer seems like a good fallback. I can still fight evil (or at least try to understand it better), and leather headbands also seem to be an option.

Why a Patreon?

I started this Patreon in 2015 because I was barely scraping by. Having a Patreon meant being able to buy some groceries or pay for health insurance during some months. It's a steady form of income in an otherwise unsteady, annoyingly precarious life. 

As of January 2021, I keep Patreon mostly as a tip jar. My creative output tanked in 2020, and it feels unfair to make promises to patrons or demands on myself when I'm worried about my ability to deliver content on anything like a regular schedule. 

If you love what I do, and want to throw me a few dollars a month? Thank you, sincerely. I have a fun backlist of short stories, reviews, and excerpts that I hope you'll enjoy, and I'll continue to post intermittently. 
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Nino Has Some Thoughts: So, I've been at this writing thing for a while. When I reach this goal, I'll start up a column about writing, the craft and profession of it.
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