Nina Gaby

Essays, art, and healthcare

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30 thoughts on “Contact Me

  1. I just wrote to you via Linked In but am not clear if it was sent; can you let me know? My e-mail is

  2. Are you taking submissions from Canadian writers?

    • Megan- so sorry for the delay. I am having a heck of a time with this blogsite as I toggle between platforms- iPAD and PC laptop. Your post never showed up until today when I went into the registry on my laptop. The answer is yes, absoloutely, looking forward to hearing from you.

  3. I wrote you an email to address you supplied with Dumped. I’m Paul Brandwein’s sister by the way. I heard of your work when we were talking about the nursing anthology you are in and which I was thinking of sending to his wife. I am a published essayist and had a question are submissions to Dumped.

  4. Regarding a female writer of household name, have you attempted to contact Anne Lamott? She has a new book due out in October (2013) and she maintains a blog that is accessible at the very least through Facebook.

  5. Hi Nina.
    I just came across this in an old issue of Poets and Writers that I am just getting around to reading through. Are you still accepting submissions for the Dumped anthology?

    Thank you!

  6. Nina – This is Pat Hryzak Lind. Could you give me a call at 585 393 7204. Best, Pat

  7. Nina,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your essay in “I wasn’t strong like this when I started out”. I started nursing school in 2004. I had been a chiropractor since 1983. I did the accelerated BSN/FNP , started practice, then completed the Adult PMHNP program and last year the DNP. My goal is to leave my children student loans to pay off when I die. I was the oldest in my class. I was bemused by the young nulliparous students who all wanted to work in Peds and L&D upon graduation until they actually did clinical in Peds and L&D.

    Getting a little bored with primary care after 7 years but I love the psych aspect of it and the pure psych I get to do. I get to keep providing chiro care as well in my practice.

    I’ve had an interesting catheter experience too. I had to de-cath a former chiropractic practice employee of mine in the L&D BSN clinical. “Dr. Beckett! What are you doing here?” beamed the new mom. I said to myself, “Why I’m here in this ridiculous white uniform to have you spread your legs to take out your catheter. And this is the only damn thing these misandrist OBs have let me do in 6 weeks. So Hi!”

    So you see one reason I like your essay is you covered about every aspect of my career.

    Thanks for the work.


    • Hey Randy,
      Your comment made my day. Except for the part that I can never figure this blog stuff out. Not a techie person, thank the gods and goddesses I did not go into anything besides psych. I still write many of my notes by hand. Sorry for the delay getting back to you!

  8. Nina,

    Would love to follow you – do you send out blog postings by e-mail?

    A fellow member of the Canadian Non-fiction Collective posted a link to your posting Mapping the Lyrical Essay. I was thrilled to discover that you’re a fellow health care professional writing on the side – I’m a dentist.

    If you’re still accepting submissions for consideration for your anthology, I’d love a chance to send something in. What’s your address and what’s the deadline?


    • Hi Lesia, I am publishing in early 2015 and would love to take a look at what you have. I think you can just follow me to see when I’ve posted. I have a bit of trouble with the blog, especially toggling between iPAD and SONY laptop. Things seem to get lost. And the e-mail that was set up with this blog site is very unstable. You can send it to, as an attachment with dumped in the subject line, and from there I will send you a better e-mail address. I look forward to hearing from you.

  9. Nina- greetings. I read about you in the u of r nursing booklet and looked you up. I worked with you in Rochester and I am now living in Waterford Vt near St J. Working for Ammonoosuc health service in Woodsville NH and Cottage Hospital. It’s nice to see a familiar face.
    Karen Bonhote

    • Karen, so sorry I am just seeing this. It was lost amongst other things. I’m still not comfortable with all the ways social media works. So tell me more…why did you move to Vermont? I work in Bradford and just sent someone over to Cottage last night! Small world!

  10. Nina, I pulled out your book to give to my sons girl friend who was describing a heart breaking experience with an old “friend”….before I gave it to her though I read it again and again and read again your story of snobby meanness in that horrid community where you tried to run an inn. I had such a visceral reaction to the cruelty that I wanted to visit and well, kick them in the sanctimonious shins.
    Suffice to say that you did a spectacular job in penning your hurt and I felt it much in the same way that I wanted to beat up six year olds who didn’t invite my daughter to their birthday parties.
    “Dumped” hits a nerve and as pain inducing as it is, it’s a wonderful read. The submissions made my revisit my own almost six decades of hurting and being hurt by females. Ouch. It’s powerful.
    Now I’m going to curl up and visit your website for more reading….
    This may be a fan letter with a huge thank you from eastern Canada. Anne

    • Hi Anne: FORGIVE ME! I just saw this because I didn’t know this button existed and I’ve missed all these comments. OMG a fan letter. Wow. So anyway, sorry that you’ve experienced the pain of friendships disintegrating. That’s why I did the anthology…so people can feel that they aren’t crazy…feel heard. Thanks so much for your note and again, sorry for the delay. Nina

  11. Hi Nina Gaby, I am a nearly 70-year-old psychiatric nurse and friend of Karla Theilen, whose story about listening on the Navajo reservation was also in Lee Gutkind’s anthology of nurses’ stories. I know it’s a couple years since that book came out, but Karla and I loved your submission and keep our dream alive (inspired by you) of meeting with groups of nurses to discuss “What would Florence Do?” I graduated with a BSN in May, 2017, from a small college in northern New Mexico, which is credentialed by the American Holistic Nurses Association. I moved back to Iowa this summer. I expect our first small group will meet by next summer. Meanwhile I’m going to spend December in Australia doing follow-up interviews with Australian nurses and campaign for Cathy Glasson, an ICU nurse who is starting a run for governor in Iowa. Sincerely, a fan, Barbara Morrison

    • Dear Barbara: FORGIVE ME! I did not see this until today. I didn’t even know this button existed and so I’ve missed comments. I am so happy to hear from you and the fact that you are doing so much at 70 is thrilling. We are certainly rewriting the book on aging, aren’t we? Thank you thank you for your words. Nina

  12. Dear Nina,

    I see you are an author on She Writes Press (love your photo). I recently was vetted and placed on Track 1, wondering if I were one of many. I have decided to do more editing, and also contact some others on their website and ask a few questions. I hope you will understand my query, perhaps having done the same in your process. This is my first book and Iā€™m baffled that writing the book is proving to be only a small part of the experience of publishing!

    Would you be so kind as to tell me how it has been working with SWP? How many of your books have sold, and what percentage came from SWP as compared to your own efforts? Out of all the services they offer, what has been most valuable, and have their efforts been worth the $5900 cost?

    My book is a memoir about life beyond sexual abuse entitled, Girl Matters: Sex, Love and Learning to Trust.

    Thank you for your writing, and hopefully your collegiality. Like your blog posts on this site.

    Patricia Eagle

    • Dear Patricia: Forgive me! I did not even see these comments until today, and by mistake I tapped a button I didn’t even know was there. I am such a technophobe! In brief, and it may be too late to answer your question- I broke even with SWP. I feel their editing services were terrific. You pay a lot extra for publicity- I used another publicist- and a lot of it was DIY. Do not expect them to get your books on shelves despite Ingram. Please friend me on FB and we can message there. And good luck!

  13. Nina, I saw the news about your essay “The Sum of Its Parts” on FB and just finished reading it now. It’s such amazing storytelling. So happy that it won an award. BTW, you are mentioned in our book Memoir Your Way (I think it might have been co-author Kathy Nutt who contacted you about your project “When I was Japanese” as an example of 3D memoir). I loved that project idea, and admire your artistic skill in multimedia. As for this essay, thanks for shining a light.

    • I was just thinking about you as I update my website. I have been in your book and two others and need to add them to the site. Right now I’m preparing for a show of my 3-D memoirs and so you folks have been on my mind. Thank you so much for reaching out and saying hi. And thanks for reading my piece.

  14. Hi,

    I just wanted to thank you for the article you wrote ā€œ Rethinking Countertransference in the Age of COVID-19ā€. I very much enjoyed every part of it. I am a psychotherapist myself, just at the beginning of my career (6 years) and I enjoy stories like yours where people pour their honest and true self.

    Thank you again
    Stay safe

  15. I read this of yours and was so touched by your openness and vulnerability here: Thank you for your courage in being so honest. You seem like such a cool person šŸ™‚

  16. Nina,
    I was (still am) a fan of your work and in the 80’s bought a lovely tea set from you as well as several other pieces. I just walked past it, still totally intact after several moves the past 40 years, and stopped to enjoy it for a few minutes. It makes me smile. It also made me wonder if you were still doing work so I googled you and here I am. I didn’t know you had a show at the Little this past September or I would have been there. I just wanted you to know how much your beautiful porcelain has meant to me. Thank you.

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