This particular Nick Stokes is not in CSI Las Vegas. Instead of fighting crime sexily, he writes plays and fictions and nothings of indeterminable genre and indiscriminate purpose and dubious good.

Nick writes to convey something of the human condition. He makes plays that take advantage of the inherent immediacy, style, and magic of a stage. He finds realism suspect, like reality. He looks out windows a lot. Sometimes he goes through them silently, and sometimes with words.

Contact Nick here.

Photo by Jason Ganwich.
Photos at top from left by Omar Willey, Ganwich, Auston James, Willey, Willey, Mike HippleCharis J. Carmichael Braun, Ganwich, James, Ganwich.
Illustration by Meghan Murphy.
Typographies by Nick Stokes.

​AFFAIR a novel
Licensed Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International

Print available at Amazon and independent booksellers​
ebook available at:
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​Free Short and Long Stories, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International
1 Day
Rise, then Descend
An End
What Never Happened: An Observation

World Premiere Production of DUELS
by Nick Stokes, directed by José Amador

August 19th - September 10th
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00p.m.

12th Avenue Arts Center, Seattle
$20/General, $10/Students & TPS -- no fees!
Featuring: Carter Rodriquez, Daniel Christensen & Marianna de Fazio

In this surreally absurd soiled tragedy, Irene gardens and lives with John and Juan killing each other again and again and again. DUELS bleeds vegetable juice, smashes tomatoes, smears blackberries, speaks Spanish, capitalizes on immigrants, and recedes from suburban now to rural then, when the shooting began.

Openly We Carry / Carry We Openly, allegorical plays on gun culture, produced by Brownbox Theater, at Theater Off Jackson, Seattle, April 16 - May 9.

Adjust, a nothing, at Creative Colloquy Nov '14.

Hold, a short play script first performed for 14/48, at Seattle Star.

- Interview by Elena Hartwell at Arc of a Writer.

What Caused the Scream, an excerpt from the in-progress (anti)-choose-you-own-adventure novel You Choose, pub'd by BUMF, out of Brisbane, AU.

- The nothing She Thinks published by Creative Colloquy, May '14.

- A recording of The Woman as the first audiocast in NPA's new series. 

- The once upon a time story Rise, then Descend can be found in Crab Orchard Review, Vol.18 No. 1.  

- Amador/Stokes brings it to On the Boards' NW New Works Festival June 14-16 2013. DUELS: Orange, a selection. Promo pic at left.

- Vanishing wor(l)ds in space in the 5/13 Wrist. An arrangement. T'nailed at left.

- Square prose or poetry or words in white space in the 4/13 Wrist. Pic'd at left.

- V-shaped prose: "The Voice of Bernard and The Water Spider (by Marcel Béalu)" by Nick Stokes in the 2/13 Wrist. Pic'd at right.

​- Rearrange, prose arranged beautifully at Paper Darts to commence 2013.

The Father of Sighs, a prose lucky to be exhaled into being at Atticus Review.

- Contributing words and developmental assistance to Pandora's Box Theater Project: workshopping now, with production forecasted for NY and Seattle. 

- Writing for Doubleshot Theater Festival: Tacoma, Sep 22-23, BCPA, Free!

- Smalling, a short (flash? sudden? nothing?) prose, up at Word Riot.  

- Writing again for 14/48, the world's quickest theater festival, at ACT, Jan 2012! 

- And a staged reading of Duels at Seattle Rep through NPA, Nov 8, 7 pm, directed by Erin Kraft!

1 Day, a novelette, due out in Issue #1 of Prick of the Spindle's Print Edition.

- A reading of Dusk at Toy Boat Theatre on Oct 30, directed by Marilyn Bennett.

Video and script of the commissioned short play Sing, which Spark and Echo Arts premiered in New York in July 2011.

An End, a sci-fi-ish short story, is featured in the inaugural issue of Mixer,   stretching the boundaries of genre. Also available on Kindle!

What Never Happened, a short story, is up at Waccamaw! Check it out.

​- Losing Place, a short piece of prose, appeared in City Arts, April 2010. 

KNOCK published and produced Nick's short play Jacob's Rape  in May. Finalist in the 2010 KNOCK International Play Competition.   

- Blood Ensemble produced a new Stokes play in a hotel room at The Maxwell Hotel for the TPS Arts Crush Theatre Week Kickoff in October. Sold out!