I was born in Maryland in 1993 and raised in California. I'm an American author. My work has focused on stories around disability. I suffered a spinal cord injury at the L-1 level and was diagnosed with incomplete paraplegia on June 21, 2016.
In 2019, I received an M.A. in Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement from NYU, where I focused on human rights, writing and photography. In 2015, I received a B.A in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach.
I'm a Magnum Foundation Fellow in the Photography and Social Justice program. I was a VII Photo Mentor Program Photographer from 2019-2021. I've spoken about my work on NY1, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Texas. I was awarded first prize in the Getty Images Creative Bursary in 2019.
I've published stories with New Mobility, The New York Times Lens Blog and The New York Times Exposures, and with various other international outlets and clients.
- Los Angeles City College, Adjunct Faculty, Visual and Media Arts
Awards, Publications, Exhibitions and Events
- Miami Art Week x Faces of Harlem, Public Installation
-Bicycle Film Festival, NYC, Official Cinematic Short Selection, "Rumbling"
- "Kenosis, Volume 2 (2021)", Handmade Artist Book, Self-Published
- George Washington University, Visiting Artist, Lecture
- University Austin Texas, Visiting Artist, Lecture
- Verizon Communications, “Covid 19 and Social Isolation”, Panelist
- "Kenosis, Volume 1 (2020)", Handmade Artist Book, Self-Published
- The Magnum Foundation, Photography and Social Justice Program Fellowship
- Verizon Media, Keynote Presenter “Behind the Lens: Documenting
Disability During Crisis.”
- New Mobility Magazine, “The Work of Nolan Ryan Trowe.”
- The Creative Review Magazine, “Making Sense of Life with Nolan Ryan
- Philadelphia Museum of Art, Keynote Presenter, “The Irma and
Herbert Barness Endowed Lecture: City Beautiful.”
- Founded @Everydaydisabled (an officially recognized by “Everyday
- VII Photo Agency, Mentor Program Photographer
Dreams. It Started Them.”
- “This-Ability”, El Barrio’s Art Space P.S. 109 Harlem, New York : Group