Nicole Zelniker
Until We Fall

Nicole Zelniker (she/her) is a writer and activist currently living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the author of several books, including MixedLast Dance, and Letters I’ll Never Send.

Her most recent book, Until We Fall, was a finalist for the Forward Indie Book Awards. She is currently querying her first young adult novel, All I Know So Far.

In addition to being an author of prose and poetry, Nicole is also a journalist. Nicole graduated from the Columbia Journalism School in 2018 and has written for multiple publications, including USA TodayThe Pulitzer PrizesCapital & MainNew VoicesYes! Weekly, and School Stories among others. In 2021, Nicole wrote for Triad City Beat, where she covered timely Q&Asabortion in the Triad, and COVID policies across North Carolina. That same year, Nicole wrote a series for The Dillydoun Review about various cities one year after George Floyd’s murder.

Nicole is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Knee Brace Press, a literary magazine dedicated to telling stories about chronic illness, disability, mental health, and neurodivergence


Isla, a Black, transgender girl, is just an ordinary student when government forces arrest her and her teacher for alleged revolutionary activity. This action turns Isla first into a prisoner, then into an escaped prisoner, and ultimately into an activist working for social justice.

Zelniker takes readers on an exhilarating ride marked by danger, close calls, and betrayals, with love and friendship as the reward.