This little pile of poetry exists thanks to friends, family, and a few rad strangers. These generous people funded my trip across the country to partake in a writing workshop at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters led by Chuck Palahniuk. In exchange for their dollars, I offered words. These pages hold those words. The spare cash left after travel, rent, and food, was used to print this chapbook. A big thanks to CJ from GoFundMe, who nominated my trip for the Give Back Program and the $1000 donated by the company through it. Another thanks to Luke from Dismay Design for the cover art. More thanks to Nick Patterson, Major Dalton, Dana Ulama, and Daniel Wagner for the sketches throughout. Special thanks to my classmates for reviewing this work and all of my chaotic fiction. And a final thanks to Chuck for writing the forward to this chapter of my life.
Nicole Jean "Nic" 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.
Nic's distinctively accessible verse is influenced by minimalist literary fiction writers such as Amy Hempel, and American poets Billy Collins, Patrick Lawler, and Ada Limón. With every poem, she intends to tell a story about the people in her life. If you look closely, you too might find yourself between the lines.
Turner has authored multiple books of poetry most recently including, With Only Which She Could Carry: a poetry collection (UWA, 2020), available in hardcover most places books are sold. You can read and subscribe to her poetry at Poetry-Journal.com