Martha Nichols

Location Cambridge, Mass.
Occupation Editor in Chief of Talking Writing

About Me

I'm currently Editor in Chief of Talking Writing, an online literary magazine and nonprofit organization ( I'm also a contributing editor at Women’s Review of Books (WRB) and a faculty instructor in the journalism program at the Harvard University Extension School, where I teach magazine writing.

A former associate editor at the Harvard Business Review and WRB, I've published in HBR, Utne Reader, Adoptive Families, Brain, Child, and Salon, among other journals.

Why do you write?

I write because I have to. Nothing original about that, but as I come to terms with the drawn-out grief of my parents in decline and the joyful storm of my preteen son, I know I have to write when and while I can. Fiction writing is my long-lost love, after many years of journalistic feature writing, editing, and literary reviewing. I've been writing fiction for years, but squirreling it away in actual metal filing cabinets or in computer folders. It's time to leap over a few fears, and let readers tell me what I need to work on.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Redmond O'Hanlon: No Mercy. Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita. Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings. Margot Livesey: The Missing World. Tom Perrotta: The Leftovers.

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Jaime Franchi – Jul 15, 2012

Martha - thank you so much for taking the time to read and critique the first chapter of my novel!

Ann Bogle – Jul 15, 2012

Martha, letter writing has long fascinated and concerned me as a writer. What is the form and what are we making in it? I like your idea that it is fiction in the sense of self-recasting. Thanks for reading "Unmailed Letter to B'go."

Sheila Luecht – Jul 13, 2012

Good to see you here Martha!

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