turning passions into prose and more


I serve as Sponsor Coordinator and Technical Assistant for FIYAH Literary Magazine, an award-winning publication catering to Black speculative fiction authors. Shoot me an email at help@fiyahlitmag.com to learn how you can support our work.

My sci-fi novelette, “Saudade,” was published in FIYAH Literary Magazine in 2018. It received mention in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019, and was later republished in Lightspeed Magazine in 2021.

Years ago, I fancied myself an anime scholar and wrote my senior thesis on Ghost in the Shell. You can read that paper here. I also wrote reviews for GoBoiano (defunct), and ran two fandom blogs.


While completing my MFA in Television Production at Brooklyn College, I produced video for clients such as The New York Times, CUNY, and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services.

I joined AmeriCorps upon graduation and worked with nonprofit organizations in the New York Capital Region. I created media and fundraised for HATAS and Grassroots Givers, and managed the website for the Albany Guardian Society.

Where to find me

You can find me on Twitter @oldmannelson or email me at info@nelsonrolon.com

For questions about FIYAH Literary Magazine, shoot me an email at help@fiyahlitmag.com