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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Lisa Nikolidakis

Lisa Nikolidakis’s memoir, No One Crosses the Wolf, about the traumas of a perilous childhood, a shattering murder-suicide, and a healing journey debuted in September 2022. It was selected by Amazon for its “First Reads” program; Vanity Fair named it one of “14 New Books to Read in September”; Buzzfeed picked it as the #1 of “15 Incredible Memoirs to Look Out for This Fall”; and it was listed on Audible’s “Top 10 True Crime Books of 2022.” Her essay “Family Tradition” was selected by Jonathan Franzen for inclusion in The Best American Essays 2016. Her writing has won various prizes and mentions, including the Annie Dillard Prize for Creative Nonfiction 2021, Gulf Coast Prize, Indiana Review’s Fiction Prize, the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, the Calvino Prize,A Room of Her Own’sOrlando Prize, and others. She aims to help demystify the shame of trauma and neurodivergence by continuing to write and speak publicly about it, and more information about her work can be found at A graduate of the FSU Creative Writing Program, she’ll be appearing at Word of South with the writer Eric J. Lyman.