Author Morgan Harper Nichols. Photo by Cassandra Roshu | The Daily Orange
Author Morgan Harper Nichols. Photo by Cassandra Roshu | The Daily Orange

Morgan Harper Nichols talks late-in-life autism diagnosis

Author Morgan Harper Nichols discussed curiosity, academic pressure, and her personal journey with her identity.


At 26 years old, Morgan Harper Nichols dropped out of her first year MFA program and experienced what she recently identified as “autistic burnout.” She said something was going on in her life that she couldn’t identify and asked her doctor if she might be on the spectrum.

Without looking up from his clipboard, Nichols’ doctor said there was nothing wrong with her. For the next three years, while still undiagnosed and struggling, Nichols created art in what she said felt like “the unknown,” seeing it as an escape and also a profession. Read more…


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