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March 8, 2018
“Nik Nicholson is an award-winning writer of fiction, but her collection of poems, Seeking Sex Without Armor, proves that she is an astute writer of poetry as well. A caveat: some of the poems, (particularly at the beginning of the collection), deal with themes such as child sexual abuse and rape, and other traumas. Proceed with caution."
Those of you who know my reading habits know that poetry is not my favorite genre of literature, but I am always challenging myself to read out of my comfort zone. Seeking Sex Without Armor is a welcome diversion for those of us who tiptoe around rhyme and meter and form; Nicholson does a great job of showing off her skill as a poet, but her work is not so abstract that it loses the novice reader of poetry.
Nik's goal in writing, painting, spoken-word, acting and content editing is to be a muse for other lights. Nik believes poets belong to the people and that poets aren't born but ordained. She feels honored to be one of the voices of her generation. As a result, her goal is to document, inform, love, encourage and build bridges. Here are lists of events or discussions about Nik's work.
Nik Nicholson is an artist: writer, painter, poet, performer and beginner sculptor. Her highly anticipated debut novel Descendants of Hagar was released in July 2013. It is the first of a two-part series, which also includes “Daughter of Zion” scheduled to be released September 2014, about a woman coming to terms with her masculinity.
Nicholson is better known as a spoken-word artist. She performed for years in schools, plays and at several open mikes in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her poetry was featured in Her Voice by Lesbian Memoirs (Aug. 2010). You can find her short stories in Longing, Lust, and Love: Black Lesbian Stories by Shonia Brown (Jan. 2007) and Life, Love & Lust 2011 by LM, Inc. (Dec. 2011).
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June 18, 2014
Nik Nicholson's first book, Descendants of Hagar, won this year's Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Debut Fiction. The highly anticipated historical fiction novel is the first of two in a series that will see the release of Daughters of Zion, a book about a woman coming to terms with her masculinity, releasing this September. On her website, Nicholson, who works as a writer, painter, poet, and performer, describes her unique writing process of surveying a wide variety of masculine women to form the foundation for the book's main character, Linny.
The Banal and the Profane: Nik Nicholson
August 6, 2014
“The Banal and the Profane” is a monthly Lambda Literary column in which we lift the veil on both the writers' life and the publishing industry. In each installment, we ask a different LGBT writer, or LGBT person of interest in the book industry, to guide us through a week in their lives.
This month’s “Banal and Profane” column comes to us from writer Nik Nicholson. Nik Nicholson is an artist: writer, painter, poet, and performer. Her highly anticipated debut novel Descendants of Hagar released in July 2013, won the Lambda Literary LGBT Debut Fiction Award. It is the first of a two-part series, which also includes Daughter of Zion, about a woman coming to terms with her masculinity in the early 1900s.
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I’ve stated in a previous post that DESCENDANTS OF HAGAR was outright the best book I read in 2013. The reason why belongs to Madelyn “Linny” Remington, the heroine of this tale set in a fictional version of Zion, Georgia in 1914.
Linny carried away my heart in world that wasn’t made for modern women: where women are voiceless without a man; when marriage was an arrangement between a father and the man he chose for his daughter; where a woman’s only calling and accomplishment is to bear children.
And in this sheltered life stood Linny, treated like a son instead of a daughter, groomed to build and work beside men, and given a voice unlike her own wedded sisters who were expected to keep quiet. At 20 years old and unmarried, she could have been considered an old maid, but she never saw her worth tied into being betrothed.
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