Nikki Patin has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, WGN, WCIU, WBEZ and New Zealand’s TV3 and Radio New Zealand. She 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. She is the founder and Executive Director of Surviving the Mic (www.survivingthemic.org), an organization dedicated to creating safe and affirming artistic spaces for survivors of trauma. Nikki Patin received her MFA in Creative Non-Fiction/Poetry at Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. She is Program Director, HBCU Technical Assistance at Black Women’s Blueprint. Her work can be found at www.nikkipatin.com.