I am the Juggling Writer. Both literally and figuratively.

Literally, I am both a writer and a juggler. I write fiction, and I also write for a living. I also juggle. Give me any three objects and I’ll juggle them. I once juggled a stapler, a half-filled water bottle, and a dead bug for my students (I used to be a teacher, but more on that later). I sometimes juggle while running. I juggle while doing strength straining. I have a wild dream of one day launching an exercise program called Total Juggling Fitness.

Literally, I also have juggled while writing. Sort of. Here’s me “writing” while juggling:

Figuratively, I’m a juggling writer because I juggle a lot of things while also trying to be a writer. Here’s how it got started:

My first career was as a high school English teacher. I was also the school’s head cross country and head track coach. When I wasn’t teaching or coaching, I was writing. I wrote hundreds of stories over the course of my first few years of teaching. When I started sending out my writing, I became frustrated with the untimely and impersonal way publications responded to submissions. Thinking I knew a better way, I started the literary magazine Bartleby SnopesSo I was a teacher, a coach, a writer, and the managing editor of a literary magazine. If that’s not juggling, I don’t know what is. Oh, and I was also a new dad.

I managed Bartleby Snopes for 9 years before closing the magazine to focus on other things. I taught high school English for 9 years before moving to the Twin Cities to start a career in digital marketing and copywriting. Maybe 9 is some magic number for me. But I’ve been writing and juggling for a lot more than 9 years, and I don’t anticipate stopping either anytime soon.

As managing editor of Bartleby Snopes, I received tens of thousands of submissions and published close to 1,000 writers. As a fiction writer, I’ve had over 200 short stories published along with a novel, a novella, and a short story collection. As a coach, I was once named the Missouri State High School Association Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year. But perhaps my biggest claim to fame was setting a world record by running a mile backwards while juggling in 8 minutes and 22 seconds. The record was confirmed by The Book of Alternative Records, but it has since been broken by Joe Salter. Someday, I will get my record back.

The Juggling Writer is where I share my ramblings, musings, and advice about writing and other topics. All writers are jugglers. I hope I can help some of them juggle a little better.

I currently live in the Twin Cities where I juggle my career, my writing, my running, my wife, and my two daughters.

11 thoughts on “Who Is Nathaniel Tower?

    1. Thanks for the kind words. I’m working on sorting my short fiction into categories. I’d recommend you start with the absurdist/surreal stories to get the best taste of my crazy mind. Look for the categories to pop up sometime in the next few days.

  1. Hi Nathaniel,

    I have a question and I can’t figure out where to ask it on Bartleby Snopes, so I hope it’s okay that I ask it here. I know that name/email are required on the first page. I use Word for Mac and it does whatever it wants as far as page number and headers are concerned (I’m pretty sure Microsoft is trying to get me committed somewhere). What is the preferred “spot” on the first page for name/email when submitting to Bartleby Snopes? Do you prefer title and page numbers on each page as well?

    1. Hi Edee,

      We’re really not picky about format, as long as the document is double spaced and easy to read. Put your name and email wherever you are comfortable. If you are entering our contest though, be sure you don’t put any contact information anywhere in the document.

      Thanks for posting. I hope to read something of yours soon.


  2. Dear Nathaniel,
    Hello. I was trying to re-enter the dialogue only contest again. I have already entered and been declined this year. I was under the impression I could enter again without paying the fee again. The enter page will not let me do this. Would you perhaps know what I am doing wrong? Thanks for your time.
    Beau Johnson.

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