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 performed, taught and spoken at elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities such as the 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 many others. Patin was featured on the fourth season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, was voted one of 30 under 30 most influential LGBTQ people in Chicago by Windy City Times and took the gold medal in the 2006 Gay Games International LGBT poetry slam. Patin was voted “Best Standout Performer” in the Dunedin Fringe Festival while headlining a tour of her one-woman show, “The Phat Grrrl Revolution” throughout New Zealand and Australia. She has released several chapbooks, a full-length collection of writing and design, two EPs and full-length album entitled, “Bedroom Empire.” Patin designs and maintains two websites, and She is the creator of Surviving the Mic, an organization dedicated to creating safe for the creation and telling of stories of Black- and female-identified survivors of sexual and domestic violence who also identify as performing writers. Nikki Patin is an MFA candidate in Creative Non-Fiction at Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine and the Director of Training and Cultural Programs at Black Women’s Blueprint.

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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