Nell graduated from Dartmouth College and received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University where she taught composition. She taught creative nonfiction at Sweet Briar College and she is a former producer for Fresh Air with Terry Gross and BackStory with the American History Guys. Nell has also worked as a journalist and her essays have appeared on the website Longreads. She has taught essay writing at WriterHouse, English as a second language in Slovakia, and worked as an assistant for the late, great folk music legend Pete Seeger. Nell is a Charlottesville native and still doesn’t know the names of the roads.