Nate Waggoner is a contributing editor at and co-founder of He has an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University. His first novel, Dilettantes and Heartless Manipulators, is available from Snow Goose Press. Before he published the book and moved to Brooklyn, SF Weekly named him one of the best writers in the Bay Area without a published book.

Waggoner is a former writer for KQEDPop, the Bay Area NPR and PBS affiliate’s pop culture website, and his writing has also appeared in Electric Literature’s Okey-Panky, the Barrelhouse blog, Sparkle + Blink, Scene MissingWalrus, and elsewhere. He writes and draws weekly cartoons for Portland’s Willamette Week.

Popular, submission-or-invitation based readings he’s performed his work at or contributed writing to include Quiet Lightning, Shipwreck, Cartoon Monsoon, Bang Out and two Litcrawl events. He was a recurring performer and organizer for Write Club SF and Velro, San Francisco State’s MFA reading series. He organized and co-hosted the “In Search Of…” reading/ storytelling series at Union Hall and Muchmore’s in Brookyln, and is now organizing and co-hosting the “Funny/ Sexy/ Sad” series at Molasses Books in Brooklyn. In 2016 he made art on commission to fundraise for a tour supporting Dilettantes and Heartless Manipulators and The Tusk. On this tour he read his work with other excellent writers at venues in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Richmond, and Brooklyn.