The Plural of Or

“The Plural of Or” by Nicole Garlando (Cole).

“The Plural of Or” AVAILABLE NOW

“The Plural of Or”, the first book by Nicole Garlando, is now available. First 100 copies ordered will be numbered, signed and include a one-of-a-kind, bookart piece by Cole, created as one large painting then split into 100 pieces. All orders come with a downloadable PDF of the book with physical books shipped as orders are received. Official book release date: Solstice, 21st of December, 2021.


“The Plural of Or” is a non-linear story, part autobiography and part fiction, to be read as a poem or a dream. Written by Nicole Garlando. Cover by Chip Willis. Photography by Kate Sweeney. Gratitude to Radar. Contains adult content.

Feedback from Readers:

“Thank you for your gift of The Plural of Or. It is reminding me how words are color and emotion under description when they buck normal laws of writing. There are such intense and honest feelings in it, a reaching out with language to what has no words.” – Sarah

“It is so many things. Striking. Haunting. Delicate. It reads like an ocean wave. It has breath. I am swimming in the memory of the words right now and can’t wait to read it again. This is a beauty of a book. I can still feel it in my chest, the hollow of me.” – Mina Estrada

Gratitude from the author:

Jalen Ramsaw (Alexander Dreamer and Radar) for believing in me and helping me cross the finish line of this work. I came to him with “The Plural of Or” in 2020 when I wanted to record my reading of it on audio. So that year, over several hours, I read it aloud in one long take and he recorded it, several times, in his recording studio in Columbus, Ohio. Over the next year, I couldn’t get the audio version to feel right and so he suggested I put it out in its original, written form. He helped me move past my anxiety and paranoia about letting others see it, about sharing the story of its creation, and the independent publishing process’s marketing and distribution plan. His faith in me as an artist is why the book is here today.

Bebe Miller and David Gray who were the only folks to give me feedback on its first draft. I finally became ruthless in editing the work after hearing their thoughtful responses. They are a constant presence in my life and the avenues of my creative work and I am grateful for their love, kinship, and their dog Wilson.

Tawanda Chabikwa for the love and friendship. Our time, creative collaborations, and conversations remind me that existence is every cell of me and to love myself and the entire human experience. I am grateful we met that day.

Chip Willis for this cover. Thank you for your support. Grateful for all our times talking about light and how we see things, grateful how we see one another. The design of the cover, Chip having not read the book yet, was perfect.

Kate Sweeney for the first 100 books in print! It’s a Solstice Release Special Edition! Our friendship and connection reminds me that there is always love. I am so grateful for that.

There are many other people to thank who continue to support decades of creative output including members of my family, close friends, and collaborators – but those mentioned above had a direct impact on this book, specifically.