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Nicky Beer

b. 1976


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.

Current City, State, Country

Denver, Colorado, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Northport, New York, USA

Published Works

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

Current Title

Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver

Author Site


Yale University
University of Houston
University of Missouri-Columbia

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