Nicholas Mainieri’s debut novel, The Infinite (Harper Perennial), was a finalist for the 2017 Crook’s Corner Book Prize—a prize given annually to the best first novel set in the American South—while also being named among the best books of 2016 by Southern Living Magazine, Writer’s Bone, and WBUR’s On Point Radio.
Born in Miami, Florida, Mainieri (muh-NAIR-ee) has also lived in Colorado, Indiana, and Louisiana. He studied English at the University of Notre Dame and holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans.
Mainieri’s shorter work—short fiction and long-form journalism among other genres—has appeared in a variety of magazines, including The Southern Review, The Cincinnati Review, Notre Dame Magazine, The Southern Humanities Review, Longreads, and Belt Magazine. His work has been nominated for awards several times and was most recently included in the anthology Best Microfiction 2023 (Pelekinesis Press).