About the Poet

NicoleI am N.I. Nicholson, a 38 year-old poet and storyteller who believes that my job is to engage, to communicate, to offer different ways of seeing and feeling, and to document my journey to find my way back home. I started this blog in 2008 to have a vehicle to send my work out into the Universe so that it may be found, read, enjoyed, pondered upon, and shared.  I live in Columbus, Ohio with my fiance, my first audience and unyielding source of support (besides the Divine). I am many things other than a poet. I am a seeker, a reporter, an observer. A dreamer, a schemer, and a lost child trying to find my way. I’m also autistic, which I consider a “difference”, and in many degrees a blessing.

Why Do You Write?

Because I can’t live this life and not write. I’ll quote Maya Angelou to better explain: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” My world is filled with color. In my head, I have walking angels, old gods, and the dust of the dead. Goddesses who wear the sky for their saris. Sparkle-eyed shamans and Catholic priests. Lost children. “Mad” people who speak to the spirits. The damned, wearing rope burns around their necks from their sudden jolt into the ether. The sainted, who wear shadows of the damned inside themselves, inside their own darkness. Dead-eyed new-collars, washed out like worn shirts and packing the bellies of commuter trains. Rainbows that shatter apart and bless the earth with their wet, crystalline shards. The night sky that sticks diamonds into her skin and calls them sacred. Bible kings and pagan queens. And an eight-year old frizzy-haired little child who wears my face and stubbornly clings to my hand (and I would not have it any other way).

And that’s the short list.

You’ll have to read my poems to meet the rest of the crowd. Start off with Open the Door and go from there.

Who/What Inspires You?

All of the above, plus the following:

  1. The Written Word: I was turned on to poetry in junior high via Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. I drank in what I read and began writing myself. Along the way, I’ve read Galway Kinnell, Nikki Giovanni, Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost, and some Allen Ginsberg. And I desire to read many, many more.
  2. Music: I must admit that I am slightly more influenced by music that I am by poetry. I am a lover of just about any kind of music, and many times a song will inspire me take a piece of it away with me and write something. In particular, I’ve been lyrically and sonically influenced by The Doors, R.E.M., the Tragically Hip, and many others. The lead vocalists of the three bands I specifically listed – Jim Morrison, Michael Stipe, and Gord Downie — have a poetic sensibility about their lyrics and are poets in their own right.
  3. Performance and slam poetry: I came to it, brand new, in 2008. I have heard many good performance poets, both famous and yet-to-be-famous, who have influenced me in terms of sound, rhythm, and other poet elements. Specifically coming to mind are folks like Airea “Dee” Matthews, Jon Sands, Jamaal Vs. May, Patricia Smith, Alvin Lau, Donielle Monique, Ray McNeice, and Dave Nichols, as well as Columbus-area poets such as Barbara Fant, Will Evans, Louise Robertson, and Joanna Schroeder. And that, again, is a short list. I’d fill up the page if I listed everyone from this field who has inspired me.

Where Can I Read Your Stuff?

Some places I’ve been published:

For a more complete list of my published work, click here.

I also have three chapbooks, Raven Feathers, word, and Novena (remixed).

How Can I Book You or Contact You?

Raven’s Wing Poetry
1601 W. Fifth Avenue, #247
Columbus, OH 43212-2310
E-Mail: nicole AT ravenswingpoetry DOT com

9 Responses to About the Poet

  1. Hello Nicole
    I truly enjoy browsing here, and I think it’s great that you blend your liking for both poetry and music.
    I am somewhat surprised to not see Leonard Cohen’s name – he is a poet, lyricist and musician – personally, I see him somewhat as a prophet, too (or perhaps more like a shaman. I think he has some great insights (which, by the way, I think Kris Kristofferson also had/has)
    Anyway, keep the muse going and the spiritual creative fire stoked.
    Thank you for this website

  2. Hi Klaas:

    Actually, I’ve not yet had the pleasure of checking out Leonard Cohen. I’ve come into contact with his songwriting primarily through his songs that others have covered. “Hallelujah” is particularly haunting.

    Thanks for stopping by and reading. I’m thankful for the help that I have here and the beyond to keep the pen moving. In a weird way, I see writing as one of my primary missions here (as I mentioned further up the page). Hope to see you around. 🙂


  3. Nicole, judging fom all the writing of your’s I’ve read, I agree with you that it simply has to be your mission or “calling” 🙂
    As for Leonard Cohen, for years he used to do poetry readings in cafes in both Toronto and Montreal – I believe his music is simply an extension of his poetry – then again, isn’t most of life simply a continuum anyway – rather than discrete facets? 🙂

  4. Aaron Asphar says:

    Really interested in yr writing – I love your politics and passion.


  5. Alot of work went into your sites. You have it set up very nice.Very comfortable and straight forward. Who are you going to use when gabcast is no longer? To bad about them closing the door. At some point all of this poetry I am finding daily is going to set something on fire in this world. We need to write more concerning what is happenning all around us on this Earth. Peace…

  6. 1sojournal says:

    Would really like password so that I can read poem about happiness for WWP prompt. my email is lilka1946@yahoo.com



  7. Hi Nicole. I read some of your blog and am quite intrigued. I used to write poetry and enjoyed it very much. I am just starting to write again but seems all I have time for is my blog. Perhaps some of your poetry will inspire me to start exploring this medium again. I will be sure to check back in with you and see more of your writing.

  8. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. I’d seen your “Happy Un-Anniversary” post on Freshly Pressed and then checked out your blog, which reminded me about how each of us are so many different things and how we wear so many different hats. I’m right now wearing the poet hat more in terms of writing and the blogosphere but for practical reasons, blog about my experiences with Asperger’s in prose. I’m glad you came by — feel free to stop by again.


  9. Your writing is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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