NINO CIPRI is a queer and trans/nonbinary writer, editor, and educator. They are a graduate of the Clarion Writing Workshop and the University of Kansas's MFA program, and author of the award-winning debut fiction collection Homesick (2019) and the novella Finna (2020). Nino has also written plays, poetry, and radio features; performed as a dancer, actor, and puppeteer; and worked as a stagehand, bookseller, bike mechanic, and labor organizer. One time, an angry person on the internet called Nino a verbal terrorist, which was pretty funny.
Finna is a magical anti-capitalist adventure that crosses dimensions, abolishes gender binaries, and liberates retail workers. Reading it is a goddamn delight. --Annalee Newitz Funny as hell, scary as f*ck, and so full of heart I didn't want it to end. A magnificent must-read. --Sam J Miller Finna is the most grounded tale of multi-dimensional heartache I could imagine; it is completely and entirely lovely. --Sarah Gailey Finna is a book of fantastical impossibilities and biting commentary on the perils of capitalism. But it's also a heartfelt exploration of two people moving apart, only to be forced together in the most nightmarish of circumstances. --Mark Oshiro Cipri hits all the right notes in this fantasy novella packed with action and emotion. Part horror, part humor, and all heart, the story uniquely showcases two queer protagonists dealing with their own emotional separation while also being forced to work together. --Library Journal starred review The mixture of corporate drudgery and dimension-hopping adventure will hold the reader's attention as well as Ava and Jules' post-break-up foibles do. Recommended for those interested in sf that features queer relationships, minimum-wage labor, and many worlds theory. --Booklist A weird novella examining capitalism, class and consumerism, all wrapped up in a scary, funny, and queer AF fantasy that you'll swallow whole. It's super yummy with a potent aftertaste that will (gratefully) stay with you for long after you've put it down. --Ms. Magazine A fun, unexpected romp that, in between digs at big box stores and capitalism more generally, delves into questions of family, anxiety, and post-breakup friendship. --Malka Older A rip-roaring high-concept adventure story with a steely spine of righteous fury and a heart overflowing with love. --Lara Elena Donnelly If you've ever felt lost in the guts of a labyrinthine Swedish furniture store and only prayed to emerge intact, Finna is a must-read. Nino Cipri's cracking debut mixes swashbuckling ship captains, carnivorous alien plants and relationship angst with the soul-deadening reality of a retail job in the hellscape of late capitalism. --JY Yang Cipri has written the blue-collar fantasy I've wanted to read for decades, minimum wage and maximum weird. --Meg Elison Snappy, hilarious, poignant and fun, Finna is a phenomenally queer adventure into minimum wage retail hell, multiple realities, and interpersonal relationships. Cipri has crafted a beautiful story with humor, weirdness, and empathy. --Merc Finn Wolfmoor