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About Nick Courtright

Dr. Nick Courtright founded Atmosphere Press in 2015 with the founding principles of Honesty, Transparency, Professionalism, Kindness, and Making Your Book Awesome. Atmosphere stays true to those founding principles today.

Nick Courtright

Dr. Nick Courtright is Founder and Executive Editor of Atmosphere Press, a literary hybrid publisher dedicated to providing meaningful and rewarding experiences to writers. His team of 40 book publishing professionals recently published its 1000th title.

He is the author of the poetry collections The Forgotten World (“highly memorable,” says Eduardo C. Corral), Let There Be Light (“a continual surprise and a revelation,” says Naomi Shihab Nye), and Punchline (“nothing short of a knockout,” says Timothy Donnelly). His latest book, on poetry interpretation, is In Perfect Silence at the Stars: Walt Whitman and the Meaning of Poems (“an exhilarating book,” says Donald Revell).

His writing has been featured in such publications as Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, Southern Review, and SPIN Magazine, among dozens of others. He was recently named one of LA Weekly’s “15 Book Coaches to Watch,” and has been interviewed for Authority Magazine, Valiant CEO, on the website for The Best American Poetry, and on many podcasts.

In addition to The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his PhD, Nick Courtright received an MFA in Creative Writing at Texas State University and a Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Written Expression at Ohio University. For a dozen years he taught at a wide variety of public and private institutions of higher education.

Born and raised in northeast Ohio as the oldest of six kids, Nick Courtright now splits time between Austin, Cleveland, and Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica. He is married to the poet Lisa Mottolo, is the father of William and Samuel, and lives with one dog, four birds, five fish, and one rabbit. The rabbit’s name is Pepper.

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Books by Dr. Nick Courtright