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 a full-length album
entitled “Bedroom Empire.” She is the creator of Surviving the Mic, an
organization dedicated to creating safe space for the creation and
telling of stories of survivors of all kinds of trauma, with a special
focus on 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. She recently traveled to Geneva, Switzerland as part of the first-ever, historic delegation of Black women to present to the United Nations on the sexual violence facing
Black women and girls in the United States. Her work can be found at
www.nikkipatin.com and www.phatgrrrlrevolution.com.

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 http://thesaltwatertwin.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/pretty-fancy/
    xo

    September 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

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