Hi, I’m Nicole Gulotta
I’m your chief encourager around here. (I’m also a tea drinker, poetry lover, INFJ, and pistachio gelato eater.) Born and raised in Southern California, I live outside Raleigh, North Carolina with my husband, son, and French bulldog. I’ve wanted to write books ever since I could hold a pen, and so far, I’ve written two of them. (More on those below!)
My superpower is being a strategic thinker and top-notch planner while simultaneously unleashing my empathy streak. I don’t have all the answers, but I’ve learned enough to offer up my experiences, lessons, and mistakes in the hopes of showing you how to build a sustainable writer’s life.
I graduated with a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, received an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts, then spent a decade working in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors before becoming a content editor for a food startup. I'm a columnist for Life & Thyme, and have contributed to Mother, Psych Central, Remedy Quarterly, The Write Life, Positive Writer, and others. Need a fancier bio? Scroll to the bottom of this page.
Growing Wild Words from the ground up
In college, I learned a lot about how to write—every course and workshop was about craft. But no one ever taught me to be a writer in the world. Armed with an MFA in poetry and a new full-time job, I quickly descended into a season of liminal space, writing less than I ever had, and coming home tired at the end of a workday. I didn’t know how to write while building my career at the same time.
When my son was born in 2015, this became even harder. Yet his birth also ushered in a waterfall of complete clarity. With less time to write, I’d have to make difficult choices about how to spend my time, what to work on, and be comfortable with growing more slowly.
Becoming a mother inspired me to live more seasonally, and it made me wonder: What would happen if I took this philosophy—to enjoy every moment because babies will change so quickly—and applied it to my writing life? Wild Words is the answer.
Here, you can enter a new relationship to your creativity, one that pays less attention to the latest social media trends and more attention to your own body, your own life.
It’s about doing a lot less than you used to, but with more conviction. It’s about honoring where you are, and seeing both the opportunities and obstacles at every turn. It’s about not feeling rushed, because honestly, you’re right where you need to be.
My deepest hope is for you to feel at home here, and supported as you establish new routines, explore new rhythms, make space for your work, and build relationships with fellow writers. I’m in this for the long-haul, and I know you are, too.