“There are two stories to explain my name. The more light-hearted option is that I was named after my father’s best man, an ‘Uncle’ Nick, who was fully Sicilian, and supposedly fully ‘connected.’ The less enjoyable story, though, is likely the correct one: I was named after Gordon Nicholas Ripatranzone, a 19 year-old United States Army Corporal. . .”
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Nick is an RN-MFA alumni.