Born: January 7, 1982 (age 34), Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Education: Columbia University
Awards: Lambda Literary Award for Children's/Young Adult
Anniversary: March 18, 2002
Married: October 18, 2008
Billy Merrell and Nico Medina are both working writers. Billy Merrell is the author of Talking in the Dark, a poetry memoir published by Scholastic in 2003, and co-editor (with David Levithan) of The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities (Random House, 2006), which received a Lambda Literary Award. Nico Medina is the author of two novels, The Straight Road to Kylie (2007) and Fat Hoochie Prom Queen (2008), both published by Simon & Schuster, as well as several nonfiction titles for young readers. The couple first met in 2001, when they were nineteen and studying at the University of Florida. They began dating their sophomore year and moved to New York together in 2004. Billy attended Columbia University's MFA program for Poetry while Nico began a career in children's publishing. Billy proposed to Nico with a McDonalds breakfast sandwich on April 1, 2007 (not having considered that it was April Fool's Day). After clarifying that the proposal was in earnest and not a prank, Nico said yes. They exchanged vows in the yard of Nico's childhood home in Winter Park, Florida, on October 18, 2008, and two years later had a legal ceremony in Washington, DC.
Together since 2002: 13 years
Billy Merrell (born January 7, 1982) & Nico Medina (born June 5, 1982)
Anniversary: March 18, 2002 / Married: October 18, 2008
Sometimes I wonder if Nico and I are the two luckiest people alive, or if all love stories feel like this on the inside. To me, our love is epic and timeless. It’s the kind of sweeping romance that Shakespeare might have written about—only instead of a dramatic, murderous ending there is an aggregate happiness built out of inside jokes and touchstone moments. And no ending --Billy Merrell
Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
Release Date: September 21, 2014
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