Nicole Jean Turner


Worcester County, 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. 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 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.

Nic 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. She 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: 
Patrick Lawler, J.J. Abrams, Alex Garland, E.A. Poe, Tyler Jones, Chuck Palahniuk

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Adults, Any, LGBTQ, Schools
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Maynard, MA
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Last update: May 16, 2022