Meet the Staff

Nicki Porter, Senior Editor

Nicki Porter is the senior editor of The Writer magazine. She serves as the magazine’s chief comma wrangler, head webmistress, social media maven, and admitted alliteration addict. In past lives, she’s been a food editor at Madavor Media, a recipe tamer at America’s Test Kitchen, a preschool teacher, and an extremely nerdy SEO/social media writer. She’s a firm believer in good books and good biscuits. (And good hashtags.)


Melissa Hart, Contributing Editor

Melissa Hart believes three hours of hard writing, followed by a four-mile run and a hike through the Douglas firs with chocolate chip cookies is a perfect day. She lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband and daughter, four rescued cats and a terrier. She’s the author of the middle-grade novel Avenging the Owl, the YA memoir Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood, and the adult memoir Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family. She loves to discover and profile innovative writers, editors, and publishers. Website: