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Nicky Beer

b. 1976

Current City, State, Country

Denver, Colorado, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Northport, New York, USA


Nicky Beer is a bi/queer writer, and the author of Real Phonies and Genuine Fakes (Milkweed, 2022). Her first two books, The Diminishing House (Carnegie Mellon, 2010) and The Octopus Game (Carnegie Mellon, 2015), were both winners of the Colorado Book Award for Poetry. She has received honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, the Poetry Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where she is a poetry editor for Copper Nickel.

Published Works

Real Phonies and Genuine Fakes (Milkweed, 2022)
The Octopus Game (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2015)
The Diminishing House (Carnegie Mellon, 2010)

Author Site

Links to Sample Works

Video Reading

Current Title

Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver


Yale University
University of Houston
University of Missouri-Columbia

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