About Me

Kristen Nichols is a Michigan native living in Chicago, where she’s a senior creative nonfiction major and professional writing minor at Columbia College Chicago. At Columbia, she is currently copy chief for The Chronicle. She was formerly lab manager in the English and Creative Writing Department’s Publishing Lab and editor-in-chief of The Lab Review. She was a founding associate editor for Punctuate. A Nonfiction Magazine, another department-run publication. When she’s not at The Chron, she’s probably wandering between shelves of books in a library or along one of the shores of Lake Michigan.

Kristen is an intuitive thinker working as an editor and essayist. In the Pub Lab, she worked to edit and find publishing markets to fit her consultants’ work with the mission of helping as many peers get their feet in the door of the lit world as possible. In addition to helping her consultants, Kristen has headed marketing campaigns, event planning, and interviewed writing professionals for TLR. She has worked to evaluate submissions, edit and put together six issues of TLR, taking charge as Editor-in-Chief of Vol. 6. At The Chronicle, she uses AP style to copy edit Illinois’ #1 non-daily collegiate newspaper. 

Kristen’s own writing relates impulsively honest experiences of adolescence, family, home, relationships, travel, and anything else that occurs to a twenty-year-old writing student attending art school. Keep an eye out for her reflective blog posts, essays, cultural criticism, fiction, poetry, and work that blurs the lines in between.