Nicole Chakalis has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago, and she works as an administrative assistant in the Department of Creative Writing. She studied at the University of Havana and received the Sylvia McNair Award for Travel Writing and the Arts & Media Award 2008 from Columbia College Chicago for her fiction. Chakalis was also the recipient of a fellowship at the Ragdale Artists Residence and the Getz Award. She has been published in the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Journal, Hair Trigger 27, Pigeon, fictionary and Too Write. She performed with 2nd Story during Story Week 2014.