Nick Kleese

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Associate Director of Community Engagement


Nick Kleese is an Iowa farm kid turned literacy educator. Nick serves as the Associate Director of Community Engagement at the Center for Climate Literacy at the University of Minnesota, Managing Editor for Climate Literacy in Education, and Editor at Climate Lit. He is also Co-Founder of KidLitLab! and an inaugural member of the Whippoorwill YA Award: an award recognizing rural representation in young adult literature. He has taught middle school and high school English, undergraduate children’s literature courses, and outdoor immersion experiences for kindergarteners.