Nicole Parizeau

About Nicole

Writing matters.

Writing matters.

Photo by Jeffery T. Wilcox

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Nicole Parizeau moved to the  San Francisco Bay Area from Montreal
37 years ago to serve as associate director of animal care at the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands. She also volunteered as interpretive naturalist with the California Department of Fish and Game at Suisun Marsh in Solano County, and contributed to several natural-history publications for general audiences. 

Nicole became senior editor at Whole Earth magazine, then principal editor in the Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) program at University of California (UC), Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science. She is the editor and co-writer of a groundbreaking unit on evolution, Life through Time, and coauthor of the book Spark Your Child's Success in Math and Science, winner of the Parenting Media Association Award. She served as managing editor of student readers for Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading®, an NSF-funded program on science and literacy out of UC, and has contributed to five books from the International League of Conservation Photographers.

 Nicole's poems and prose have appeared in Written River, Folio, Emrys Journal, Poecology, The Fourth River, and other publications. She was a finalist for the Sky Cooper New Play Prize, runner-up for San Francisco Playground and the Disquiet Literary Award, and winner of the Bill Holm Witness Poetry Prize from Writers Rising Up.

As a human-rights volunteer, Nicole translated country reports from Haiti for Peace Brigades International in Montreal; traveled through Senegal on a village literacy program with Global Exchange; and traveled in southern Africa with a British volunteer agency. In 2009, she and her husband worked with the people of the Zambian village of Mwandi, near the Zimbabwe border, to build and staff HIV-AIDS treatment facilities.

Nicole is a freelance editor and writer in the Bay Area, where she lives with her husband, ecologist Jeff Wilcox.


I'm grateful to the following organizations
for financial and creative support.

Colgate University

Vermont Studio Center

Willapa Bay AiR

Atlantic Center for the Arts

Key West Literary Seminar

National Film Board of Canada


Friends of the San Francisco Public Library/ Readers Bookstore Fort Mason and

       San Francisco Poet Laureate Emeritus,

       Jack Hirschman

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