The Revolution Begins Within

About Nikki Patin

Nikki Patin has been writing for over two decades. She has taught hundreds of workshops on performance poetry, body image, sexual assault prevention and LGBT issues. Patin has worked as a sexual assault prevention educator for Rape Victim Advocates and as a case manager/program coordinator for Center on Halsted’s youth program. Patin has performed, taught and spoken at elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities such as Francis Parker, University of Chicago, Adler School of Psychology, Northwestern University, Nancy B. Jefferson High School (located within the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center), University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison and –Stevens Point and many others.

As a vocalist, Patin has been in seven bands and opened for Jill Scott at the Metro in 2000. She was also a member of Chicago’s 2001 Mental Graffiti National Poetry Slam team.

In 2004, she was featured on the fourth season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and was voted one of Chicago’s six most fabulous 20-somethings by Chicago Tribune’s Red Eye newspaper.

In 2006, Patin was voted one of 30 under 30 most influential LGBTQ people in Chicago by Windy City Times and took the gold medal in the Gay Games International LGBT poetry slam.

In 2008, Patin released “The Phat Grrrl Diaries”, her first collection of writing and design.

In 2009, she completed a two-month tour of New Zealand and Australia, collaborating with the Literatti, a spoken word performance group based in Auckland, and performing her 60-minute, one-woman show, “The Phat Grrrl Revolution.” Patin was nominated for “Best Standout Performer” in the Dunedin Fringe Festival and was featured in numerous radio, TV and print publications, including TV3, George FM and NO.Magazine (NZ).

On May 7th, 2010, she released her full-length debut album, “Bedroom Empire”, on her own label, Phat Grrrl Revolution.

Patin designs and maintains two websites,, and She’s a contributing writer to She is an MFA candidate in Creative Non-Fiction at Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.

3 responses

  1. Cynthia

    Nikki! Yesterday my English teacher showed me your video “sweat”. You don’t understand how inspired i felt! I couldn’t hear the words quite well over the loud roaring of the class. But as soon as i saw the title, i wrote it down. Gurl, work it cause i know you have the power <3 Those few words i heard from you just brought me to like poetry. & Let me tell you how much i hate(d) poetry. Is there any way i could view/ read the video/ lyrics?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm

  2. standing bear medicine

    Best to you, Nikki.

    August 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm

  3. Hi Nikki,
    Thought you’d like to know I’ve just nominated you for “Inspiring Blog Award” and “One Lovely Blog Award” Here’s how it works: you state 7 facts about yourself and nominate 15 bloggers you like. If you want to give me a shout out, too, that’s awesome and very much appreciated. Here’s where you can find my post nominating you

    September 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

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