Jae Nichelle

Poet, Spoken Word Artist

Portland, OR 97210

Author's Bio

Jae Nichelle is the author of the poetry chapbook The Porch (As Sanctuary) from YesYes Books; the inaugural poetry winner of the John Lewis Writing Award from the Georgia Writers Association, and one of few people from Lafayette, Louisiana who has never met the singer Cupid. Her poetry has appeared in Best New Poets 2020, The Washington Square Review, The Offing Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, and elsewhere. She is also a slam poetry champion, and her spoken word poems have been featured by Write About Now, Speak Up Poetry Series, and Button Poetry. Additionally, her viral piece about anxiety titled "Friends With Benefits" has amassed millions of views online and counting. Jae has a passion for language, linguistics, and mental health, and she has published articles in AFROPUNK, An Injustice, and Black Youth Project on these subjects. When she’s not writing, you can find her hopping between random hobbies like embroidery, gardening, record collecting, candle-making, latte art, and boxing.

Publications & Prizes


God Themselves (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2023)
The Porch (As Sanctuary) (YesYes Books, 2019)

Spoken Word

Ill List Slam (2021)
Speak Up Poetry Series (2021)
Texas Grand Slam (2019)
National Poetry Slam (2018)
Texas Grand Slam Poetry Slam (2017)
Youth Speaks Raise Up Program (2014)
Prizes won: 

Written Word

  • 92Y Discovery contest runner-up (2022)
  • Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize Finalist (2021)
  • Best Microfiction nomination from ANMLY (2021)
  • Button Poetry Video Contest Finalist (2020)
  • Best of Button Poetry List (2020)
  • Best New Poets 2020
  • Best of Net Nomination from The Offing Magazine (2020)

Poetry Slam

  • 2nd place Ignite The Mic slam (2019)
  • 2nd place Modesto Ill List Slam (2018)
  • 1st place Women on the Bayou Slam (2018)
  • 4th place Texas Grand Slam (2017)

More Information

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African American
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Born in: 
Lafayette, LA
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Last update: Oct 14, 2022