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. Her work can be found at
www.nikkipatin.com and www.phatgrrrlrevolution.com.

4 thoughts on “About Nikki Patin

  1. 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 ❤ 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?

  2. I cried when I read your poem “Surviving Something…” yesterday in the June 11th The Reader. You gave voice, in ink, to many words I’ve heard uttered throughout my 50 something yrs. Most of the times they hurt me deeply, but when I read YOUR words, it felt strange, almost bittersweet. Your art, your work is relevatory.

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