Dr. Jim Nicosia is a writer, scholar and children's literacy advocate. He teaches American literature, Grammars of English and Young Adult Literature at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He is a reviewer for Voice of Youth Advocates, and, though a self-professed reluctant reader, he has rarely met a book that was worth nothing. He is a regular participant at teachers', students', and teachers-to-be conferences in New Jersey and (mostly) the Northeast. He has written and presented papers on writers as diverse as Andrew Smith, Jon Scieszka, Flannery O'Connor, Jim Benton, Lauren Child, and Megan McDonald.
Jim regularly speaks to teachers and young readers about invigorating their reading lives. The conferences he has arranged with Laura Nicosia have featured world-class authors, so pay attention to this page for updates.
He is currently enjoying student-centered discussions of middle-grade nonfiction (giving away free books, too!).
Jim Nicosia and Jason Reynolds discussing Reynolds' writing before the former introduced the latter.
Arvin Ahmadi, Gayle Foreman, and Jim Nicosia discussing their creative processes at the Montclair Literary Festival.
Jim Nicosia (proudly) introducing Benjamin Alire Saénz to students at Montclair State University.
Yvonne Ventresca, Alex London, Sarah Beth Durst, Josiah Bancroft, Laura Nicosia, and Jim Nicosia at the 2018 Montclair Literary Festival.
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo holds court with Dr. Laura Nicosia's and Dr. Jim Nicosia's students at Montclair State University.
Laura Nicosia, Bruce Coville, and Jim Nicosia at the Montclair Literary Festival.