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Storytelling through poetry

Nicole Jean Turner is an artist from New England 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.

Nicole Jean’s distinctively accessible verse is influenced by minimalist literary fiction writers like Amy Hempel and American poets like Billy Collins, Patrick Lawler, and Tracy K. Smith. With every poem, she intends to tell a story about the people in her life. If you look closely, you too might find yourself in-between the lines.

Nicole Jean has written professionally for regional market publishers, global information technology consortia, non-profits, filmmakers, artists, indie record labels, acclaimed international musicians, small businesses, corporations, and along side New York Times’ best-selling authors. She currently writes internal communications for a national retailer with an audience of over 20,000. Turner holds the terminal degree for her field and the PSM I

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tldr; she will tell your story

3

books / chapbooks
sold worldwide

39

individual stories & poems published
in magazines, journals, and on products

(+46 more if you want to count news clips)

10+

years of career experience
in editorial services, publishing and writing

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.

NJ now lives and works full time from her home office in Massachusetts. In the snowy northeastern city, she leads her own minimalist fiction workshop for local writers to echo the legacy of these groups.

'to nicole- thank you for being an excellent writer - chuck

NJ has published individual works of poetry and fiction with over two dozen presses since 2012. Her books, With Only Which She Could Carry: a poetry collection (UWA, 2020), the limited-print reader-funded chapbook, Coffee Stout and Rain Water (GFM, 2017), and a special Kindle chapbook Snails & Elephants (2020) which reached Amazon’s top ten poetry books, have sold worldwide.

NJ has read for nationally recognized shows such as Burnt Tongue, The Dirty Gerund, Wordlights, Shady Pines Radio, Voicemail Poetry, Witch City Slam, Mic The Poet’s Open House, and Top Floor. Her words have also been shared on stage with Nova PDX, Comedy vs. Tragedy, The Underground Poetry Spot, Slamlandia, Wits End Poetry, and more.

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Announcements:

New Poems: Sequence in a Regional Anthology, reached #1 in Amazon New Releases

In November I was asked to write a feature set for the Portland Poet’s Society anthology, ‘You, Me, & The End Of The World’ which is now available. The chapbook-length collection of my poems tells a story in a 15 part sequence, starting on page 71. I hope you will grab a copy to supportContinue reading “New Poems: Sequence in a Regional Anthology, reached #1 in Amazon New Releases”

New Poem: Printed on Products!

My poem Well-Oiled Rail Wheel-set received the honor of being chosen for the first iteration of literary coffee mugs printed and sold by the good people over at The Lit Mug.

Nicole Jean is an advocate for community focused non-profits and local artist support systems. She has provided professional grade services for art-trade or at reduced charge to local artists and small businesses facing financial hardship since 2015. Her home is filled with dozens of paintings she’s bought from the artists she’s met and worked with.

She would love to work with you.