Nicole Jean Turner


Worcester , MA

Author's Bio

Nicole Jean (Nic) Turner is a storyteller from New England with an affinity for vignettes, napping outdoors, and conversations that confront the human condition. They write in cursive to hide the butchered spelling that would otherwise raise suspicion about their master’s degree in writing. They are fascinated by romance, conspiracy, and the avant-garde.

Nic's distinctively accessible verse is influenced by minimalist literary fiction writers like Amy Hempel, and American poets like Billy Collins, Patrick Lawler, and Ada Limón. With every poem, Nic intends to tell a story about the people in their life. If you look closely, you too might find yourself between the lines.

Nic has published individual works of poetry and fiction with over two dozen presses since 2012. Their 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. Nic is an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, The Writers Loft, and The MetroWest Writers’ Guild.

Publications & Prizes

With Only Which She Could Carry (UWA Publishing, 2020)
Edify Fiction
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The Voices Project
Prizes won: 
  • $500 Poetry Book Contest - Underground Writers Association, Sept. 2019

  • Open Mic-er Of The Year - Dirty Gerund “RUCKUSY” Awards, Dec. 20216

  • Certificate of Honor in Poetry - Syracuse Poetry Awards, Apr. 2014

  • Denise Gasiorowski Award: Passion for Language and Writing - Newhouse, Apr. 2014

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Ada Limón, Patrick Lawler, J.J. Abrams, Alex Garland, E.A. Poe, Tyler Jones, Chuck Palahniuk

More Information

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Adults, Any, LGBTQ, Schools
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Raised in: 
Maynard, MA
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Last update: Oct 27, 2022