Nicholas Rispoli is a visual artist and one-time (so far) novelist who holds an MFA in figurative sculpture. He wrote his first book, A Lantern in the Shade, in just a few short weeks while living in the SWANA region – but the story languished in his head for umpteen years before. He published it from his childhood bedroom in August 2020. He has since moved out of his childhood bedroom.
Nicholas has collaborated internationally as an artist-in-residence with HANGAR Center of Artistic Research and La Escuela de Diseño de Altos de Chavón. His projects have earned Brooklyn Arts Council grants and he has served on several art department faculties, including Pace University, the Bedford Hills College Program - Marymount Manhattan College, and the New York State Summer School of the Arts where he was also the Assistant Artistic Director from 2015 to 2021. His drawings have often been described as “idiosyncratic” and he still can’t decide if that’s a compliment or total dis. He continues to make them anyhow.