Wakeful Night is a book I wrote and illustrated, published by Dottir Press. Dottir is the creation of Jennifer Baumgardner, author and former executive director of Feminist Press.

Wakeful Night is a deeply personal creation that came out of a series of losses association with a cancer diagnosis — a relationship, a childbearing future, a personal identity. In its pages are linocut prints and paintings that are paired with questions and spaces for answers.  As an interactive journal, Wakeful Night is a time capsule, a memory vault, a poetic thread of inquiries about life and death, hope and new beginnings. Above all, it is a tool to courageously share and record your story, to celebrate audacious survival and the innate creativity of the human spirit.


New York Events

Pen + Brush

P+B Presents Hoffman, Lemmon, Luan, and Skibola
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM EDT
29 East 22nd street, New York, New York 10010
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A Conversation about Cancer, Creation and the Body with Eve Ensler

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM EST
St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Chuch 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn
Admission: $20 - includes a copy of the book


About Wakeful Night, in the words of Dottir Press 

Wakeful Night: A Structured Reflection on Loss and Illumination transcends the world of self-help books and blogs, cancer writing, and new age spiritualism that often lacks tangible guidance on how to move through grief. Nicole began to understand how much people want to share their loss and to make meaning out of trauma. Applying themes from The Artist’s Way to a tailored exploration of grief, Nicole created a process for leading the reader through the stages of identity, fear, and metaphorical thinking that she used in developing her own narrative of loss. Wakeful Night is a reminder, as Nicole says in the book’s introduction, that “in losing so much there is space to grow,” and it is also a tool for that growth. This is a beautiful journal you can use to explore the darkness, unknown, and depth of a cancer diagnosis.


“Nicole Skibola is sensitive, wise, resilient, beautiful, inscrutable, crazy, mundane, and (thank god) unstoppably creative. Her gift is knowing that all of these are her gifts, even the ones we might not want.” —BEN ERLICH, The Dreams of Santiago Ramón y Cajal