Nico Wilkinson

Spoken word poet and organizer

Nico Wilkinson is a spoken word poet, community organizer, and tarot reader based in Colorado Springs. 

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ABQ: Nico and Idris feature at Bookworks!

Celebrating a collection of poems by Nico Wilkinson and Idris Goodwin in response to the new White House administration.

On January 20 2017, Haymarket Books will release Inauguration, a free digital chapbook by Colorado Poets Idris Goodwin and Nico Wilkinson also, a limited edition printed chapbook of Inauguration, created by artist Han Sayles, will be available for purchase via the artists.

Inauguration is a collection of ten poems written in reaction to the onset of a new administration. Writing out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, one of the most divided cities in the country, Goodwin and Wilkinson trade ruminations of survival in a hostile political climate. Yet Inauguration transcends partisan rhetoric. It is a response to the noise and the silence, a rallying call to collectively find our way forward.

HAYMARKET BOOKS is a Chicago based independent, nonprofit whose mission to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice

IDRIS GOODWIN is an award winning playwright, poet and essayist. He is the author of the pushcart nominated collection These Are The Breaks. He’s performed poetry on HBO, Sesame Street, and Discovery Channel. Goodwin’s work is featured in The Break Beat Poets and Spoken Word Revolution anthologies, in addition to numerous literary journals. His widely produced stage-plays include: How We Got On, This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval, And In This Corner: Cassius Clay, Hands Up and Bars and Measures. He’s received support from the NEA and Ford Foundation, and awarded Oregon Shakespeare’s American History Cycle Commission and InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Prize. Idris is an assistant professor in The Department of Theatre and Dance at Colorado College . Find him at

NICO WILKINSON is a spoken word poet and organizer in Colorado Springs. In 2015 they were the Grand Slam Champion of Colorado Springs, and represented the city at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland. In 2016, Nico released “good morning cruel world,” their first album.They host “Keep Colorado Springs Queer,” a monthly open mic, and they write for “Queer & There,” a weekly column in the Colorado Springs Independent. Their work has been published in Rust+ Moth, Voicemail Poems, and Cactus Heart. Find them at

Earlier Event: February 15
Nico and Idris feature in Pueblo!