The Poet’s List: Nicole Homer

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NICOLE HOMER

Hometown: New Jersey (*)

Quote: “And when he says he doesn’t want to see you, don’t cry… Let him speak.” — Nicole Homer

One Accolade: Has made is to the final rounds in both the 2008 & 2010 Women of the World Poetry Slam

When Nicole Homer stumbled into an open mic in the back corner of a Barnes and Noble at age 16, she stood transfixed. Every Sunday night for the next year she was there reading and listening. It was here that she began to understand how the act of writing, therapeutic on its own, was intensified when the words were read out loud. She was more than a little heartbroken when that open mic stopped, but she kept writing.

Several years later a friend took her to a monthly poetry show called LoserSlam. The first month, ever the observer, she only listened. At the next show, though, she was ready for more: the slam. This competition, a cleverly disguised way to get audiences enthusiastic about poetry, sunk its teeth into her. She’s been involved in slam ever since.

In 2006, Nicole competed in her first ever National Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas as a member of the LoserSlam team. In Vancouver, in 2007, while competing in her first solo national competition, she placed in the top 10 poets in the Individual World poetry slam. In 2008, she was a finalist in both Boston’s NorthBeast slam, as a solo performer and, as part of a team, the National Group Piece poetry slam in Wisconsin. She has also been a regular competitor in the Women of the World poetry slam, reaching final stage in both 2008 (Detroit) and 2010 (Ohio).

Nicole has not been satisfied with simply competing. Instead, she’s embraced the slam community that has been so good to her. Since 2007 she has been an active member of the NYC-Urbana committee. This work is in addition to the organizational work she has done for LoserSlam since 2009.

But Nicole, ever motivated, has been busy during all this slamming. Since as long as she can remember, Nicole has worked full-time and gone to school full-time. She’s been lucky in that way; what could have been a recipe for burnout led her to her calling.

Nicole worked as a Massage Therapist to put herself through community college. She figured it was interesting and challenging work that forced her to use her problem-solving skills… and the hours were good. Fate is a funny thing though. After a few years of practicing Massage Therapy, Nicole was able to teach the subject at a vocational school as she worked her way towards a B.A. in English. In her classroom, she felt as if she was exactly where she was supposed to be. Her students varied in age, gender, and educational level; it mirrored her experience as community college student. The ideas of diversity and of accessibility sparked her decision to pursue a career in higher education.

Since her first and true love, in and out of the classroom, is writing and writers, she earned her M.A. in English Literature from Seton Hall University and is currently finishing her M.F.A. in poetry at Rutgers-Newark. She uses her teaching experience to facilitate workshops for creative-types and would-be creative-types of all ages. She uses her performance background to tour and read and meet new people and trick her students into liking poetry.

She’s using all that new-fangled poetry stuff to share her worldview so you can look her up in places like Not a Muse: The Inner Lives of Women (New Haven Press, 2009) and His Rib: Poems, Stories & Essays By Her (Penmanship Books, 2007), Knocking at the Door: Approaching the Other (Birch Bench Press, 2011) Aim For the Head(Write Bloody, 2011) and on the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Podcast (performancepoetry.indiefeed.com).

So basically, Nicole Homer likes to write and currently lives in New Jersey where she makes wallets out of duct tape and counts deer (dead and alive) on her daily commute.

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