Nikki Blak is a proud Los Angeles native and lifelong resident. She is the author of four volumes of poetry and fiction. Her work has been featured nationally on Season 5 of Lexus Verses and Flow. Other poetry performances of note have been her features at The Nuyorican Poet’s Café in Brooklyn, NY and on NPR as well as performances at Da Poetry Lounge and Fly Poet in Los Angeles. In 2012 she was a finalist in the Ill List Poetry Slam and in 2014, her unconventional sestina “For Black Girls” was published in the anthology Obsession: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century. She was the only poet whose likeness was depicted in a Michael Massenburg Mural in the heart of Leimert Park, as well as a piece recently commissioned for the Metro Expo in Los Angeles. She has been a member of 4 different southern California poetry slam teams and has gone on the compete at the annual National Poetry Slam an equal number of times. She is mother to two girls, Naomi and Rosie, ages 19 and 5. She’s an eccentric aunt, lover of animals and baked goods, music enthusiast, radical womanist and activist. Nikki is currently working on publishing her third full length collection of poetry, essays, and short stories, continues to conduct writing workshops and perform poetry nationally.