About My Work

Nick WalkerI’m a queer autistic scholar, speaker, and author of speculative fiction and nonfiction.

I teach psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, and aikido at the Aikido Shusekai dojo in Berkeley, California.

A selection of my shorter writings can be found in the Articles section of this site.

The page devoted to my Academic Work includes downloadable copies of a couple of academic journal articles and my doctoral dissertation on autistic participation in transformative somatic practices.

Below are a few books in which stories or essays of mine appear. 


Diverse Bodies Diverse PracticesDiverse Bodies, Diverse Practices:
Toward an Inclusive Somatics

A groundbreaking anthology of writings by practitioners in the field of somatic psychology who are also members of various marginalized communities. Includes a chapter by me entitled “Somatics and Autistic Embodiment.”

Edited by Don Hanlon Johnson
North Atlantic Books, 2018


Spoon Knife 3: IncursionsSpoon Knife 3: Incursions
I was lead editor on this volume of the annual Spoon Knife multi-genre queer & neurodivergent literary anthology. Includes an intro by me, and my short story “Waiting for the Zeppelins,” plus works by Judy Grahn, Ada Hoffmann, Steve Silberman, and more.

Edited by Nick Walker & Andrew M. Reichart
NeuroQueer Books (Autonomous Press), 2018
Click for a complete list of what’s in this book.


Spoon Knife 2Spoon Knife 2: Test Chamber
The second volume of the annual Spoon Knife multi-genre queer & neurodivergent literary anthology includes my 15,000-word speculative fiction novellette “Bianca and the Wu-Hernandez.” Like all my fiction, this novelette is part of the Weird Luck saga, a body of interconnected stories by me and Andrew M. Reichart.

Edited by Dani Alexis Ryskamp & Sam Harvey
NeuroQueer Books (Autonomous Press), 2017


Spoon Knife 1The Spoon Knife Anthology: Thoughts on
Compliance, Defiance, and Resistance

The first volume of the annual Spoon Knife multi-genre queer & neurodivergent literary anthology includes my memoir “Kelly’s Blackbird,” about a formative incident from my early teen years.

Edited by N.I. Nicholson & Michael Scott Monje Jr.
NeuroQueer Books (Autonomous Press), 2016
Click to read the beginning of “Kelly’s Blackbird.”