Nicki Yowell is a consummate creator with years of experience in an array of fields including: digital content, feature writing, office administration, marketing, print production, graphic design, community organizing, and event planning. Nicki is flexible, inventive, creative, and detail-oriented.
Nicki's affinity for writing and publishing began at an early age. After spending her childhood writing silly historical fiction novellas and working as an editor on her high school newspaper The Pursuit, she went on to acquire a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ) degree from the prestigious Scripps School of Journalism in 2009. Her education continued with a Master of Arts (MA) degree in New Arts Journalism from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 with a thesis focusing on print media and independent publishing. Shortly thereafter, she founded and organized all aspects of the community group Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPOC).
Since then, Nicki's professional experiences have been incredibly diverse. She produces content as a freelance writer for publications like Sip Northwest Magazine and the A.V. Club. She’s also created programming and marketing projects for vanguard nonprofit organizations like 826 Chicago and The Independent Publishing Resource Center. Currently, her focus is assisting small businesses like Core Home Fruit and Indigo: Editing, Design, and More with everything from newsletter and social media campaigns to day-to-day scheduling.
Some highlights: funding and co-releasing an interdisciplinary multimedia project in 2012, the American Library Association hosting SPOC in 2013, producing over 20 self-published collaborative print projects, and working as Outreach & Communications Coordinator for Chicago’s indie publishing institution, Quimby's Bookstore.
(Special thanks to Grant Reynolds)