A 2017 recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts poetry fellowship, Nicole Rollender is the author of the poetry collection Louder Than Everything You Love (Five Oaks Press) and the chapbooks Absence of Stars (dancing girl press & studio), Bone of My Bone (Blood Pudding Press), Ghost Tongue (Porkbelly Press, 2016) and Arrangement of Desire (Pudding House Publications). She is associate editor at THRUSH Poetry Journal. Her poetry has been published in The Adroit Journal, Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets 2014, Harpur Palate, The Journal, MiPOesias, Radar Poetry, Ruminate Magazine, PANK, Salt Hill Journal, THRUSH Poetry Journal and West Branch, among others. Nicole’s poem “Rise Up” is the winner of CALYX Journal’s 2014 Lois Cranston Memorial Prize. She’s also the winner of the 2012 Princemere Journal's Poetry Prize for her poem “Quickening,” as well as Ruminate Magazine's 2012 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize for her poem “Necessary Work,” chosen by Li-Young Lee. She received her MFA from The Pennsylvania State University.
She is also editor-in-chief of Wearables magazine and executive director of branded content and professional development for the Advertising Specialty Institute, the largest media and marketing organization serving the advertising specialty industry. She started and oversees ASI’s industry certification program; since its inception in 2010, 35,000 professionals have enrolled in the live and online training, and 1,500 have been certified. She plans more than 60 live educational sessions a year at company trade shows; in addition, she manages ASI’s digital campus, in which more than 350 courses are housed. Recently she was named to FOLIO's Top Women in Media list as a Rising Star.