Anything with Words…
Nicole Jean Turner is an artist from the Greater Boston area with an affinity for vignettes, napping outdoors, and conversations that confront the human condition. She writes in cursive to hide the butchered spelling that would otherwise raise suspicion about her master’s degree in writing. She is fascinated by romance, conspiracy, and the avant-garde.
NJ has spent over ten years building a career based in IT, and over five years in professional writing and publishing. She completed her master’s degree in writing at 21-years-old. Before that, a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, fine art, and writing, and a technical certificate in computer programming and web development. She currently specializes in technical documentation for a leading industry consortium full time.
No matter what Spell Check and Grammar Check say there is no perfect formula in writing. More often it’s what you do ‘wrong’ that gives you a voice.”
— Chuck Palahniuk on creating the ‘Writing Wrong’ workshop.
In January of 2017, NJ dropped everything she knew to move across the country following an invitation to a workshop led by New York Time’s best-selling author, Chuck Palahniuk. The legacy reinvention of Tom Spanbauer’s ‘Dangerous Writing’ group was initially dubbed ‘Writing Wrong’ then later restructured as ‘The Lie Factory’ and takes residence in Portland, Oregon. The focus: minimalist transgressive short story writing. NJ worked with this group until June 2020.
Prior to this endeavor, NJ wrote poetry exclusively. At the workshop table though she found her voice in storytelling, and has continued on to apply and enroll in other subsequent workshops since. NJ now lives and works full time from her home office just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. In the snowy northeastern city, she now leads her own workshop for emerging writers to echo the legacy of these groups.
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NJ is an advocate for non-profits such as the Editorial Freelance Association and NaNoWriMo. She’s a major supporter of local artists and printers, and does her best to work with them whenever possible.
NJ has performed her poetry and hung her art in galleries around the country. She has main-stage featured at nationally recognized shows such as The Dirty Gerund, Wordlights, Witch City Slam, Mic The Poet’s Open House, and Top Floor. Her words have also been shared on stage with Comedy vs. Tragedy, The Underground Poetry Spot, Slamlandia, Wits End Poetry, and more.
NJ has authored two books, With Only Which She Could Carry: a poetry collection (UWA, 2020) and a limited-print crowd-funded chapbook, Coffee Stout and Rain Water (2017). She has been published consecutively by over a dozen presses since 2012. She also has awards in writing, art, and technology.
NJ has worked with major publishers, subsidiaries, non-profits, filmmakers, visual artists, record labels, acclaimed international musicians, small businesses, poets, painters, and both fiction and nonfiction anthology writers. Though she is currently committed to a full time position, she is open to small projects on a case by case basis.
NJ has never taken on a project without deep-diving into the resources available and attributes her successes to this method. In college, to support her dreams to be a writer, she became a seamstress in a theatrical costume shop for only $7 an hour; NJ holds that long-sought writer title today but sews her own clothing still.
If you are interested in collaborating with NJ on a project, please send an inquiry email (with a sample of your work, no more than 1500 words, please) of your work to NJTPoet@GMail.