Was the 2005-06 Kenan Visiting Writer recipient at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. The nationally-competitive award is funded by the Spray Foundation of Atlanta and the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC.
Was a bartender in Austin, TX for four years.
Moved with his family to Los Angeles in 2010.
His parents are Nick Pizzolatto Jr., an attorney,(Jennings, LA) and Sheila Sierra Pizzolatto (Sulphur, LA).
His father is of half Italian and half Polish descent. His mother's ancestry includes Spanish, as well as Italian, German, French, and English.