40 Under 40: Nick Gregorio ’12MFA

by Andrea Walls on May 8, 2020

40 Under 40: Nick Gregorio ’12MFA

by Andrea Walls on May 8, 2020

NICK GREGORIO ’12MFA

Age 34

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Published author and high school/collegiate-level educator

Philadelphia, Pa.

Nick Gregorio

Greatest Achievement

The publication of my first novel, Good Grief, is hands down my greatest professional achievement. Everything that has come after is a direct result of that event. 

Arcadia Mentor Who Made an Impact on My Life

Professor Joshua Isard showed me what it is and what it means to be a writer. He taught me to bask in empathy, to take risks, and to strive to know more about what it means to be human, even though it is a never-ending pursuit. Without him, I wouldn’t be a writer. And I wouldn’t be the person I am today without being a writer.

A New World

I suggest that recent graduates try to acknowledge that confidence and certainty may not come easily. That’s not to say they cannot trust themselves, or believe in themselves. It’s more meant as a call to discovery. To continually accept that understanding isn’t the only point. The sense of wonder that can come along with trying to grapple with the world, if you’re open to it, is more important. In that wonderment, in that pursuit, the world is always new, always beautiful, and worth the effort in all its joys and disappointments.

The sense of wonder that can come with trying to grapple with the world is important.

- NICK GREGORIO ’12MFA