Nicky Loomis is a fiction writer and journalist based in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2005 with a BA in English and Creative Writing. She additionally holds an MS from Columbia Journalism School in print journalism and an MA in specialized journalism from USC. She writes features relating to arts and culture for various publications including the Los Angeles Times. She additionally writes a longstanding human interest column for her hometown paper, the Pasadena Star News. She spent 2011-2012 in Budapest, Hungary as a Fulbright scholar in creative writing. She conducted research and interviews focusing on the political climate in Hungary from 1948 to the present in order to better understand how memory – both private and collective – is lost during times of pain, and how this loss has affected cultural identity in post-Communist Hungary and personal identity abroad. In this process, she completed a first draft of a novel. Her fiction has appeared in Driftwood Literary Journal, Inside Out Literary Magazine, and the Hawaii Review. She is a PEN Center member and has received fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Summer Literary Seminars, and a Long Scholarship from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.