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Nicole Blackman
Born November 30, 1971 (1971-11-30) (age 38)
New York, New York, United States
Occupation Novelist, Short Story writer
Genres Feminist, Fantasy, Goth, Drama

Nicole Blackman (November 30, 1971) is a New York City-born performance artist, poet, author, and vocalist.


Literary career

Blackman is involved in the North American goth, spoken word and transgressive literature scenes.

Blackman self-published three now out-of-print chapbooks: "Pretty," "Sweet," and "Nice," and were collected in Akashic Books' "Blood Sugar."

Her work as a performance artist include "Bloodwork" performed at The Kitchen/NYC in 2000, where she debuted her blood performance (and shook hands with the audience, bloodying them too), slipped secret messages into the audience's coat pockets, projected text on the street and created visual/sound installations in the venue's bathrooms. Since then she has performed "Courtesan Tales" at PS122 art space in New York City, at The Andy Warhol Museum/Pittsburgh, and for three years at the Fierce Festival in Birmingham England. The "Courtesan Tales" are "tales of the senses for a blindfolded audience of one," Blackman has said. She debuted "Harm's Way" (a multi-media performance of her email diary of working at Ground Zero) as a work in progress in New York.

She was commissioned by the British Arts Council to create a new work for the Fierce Festival—an audio tour of the Deritend neighborhood of Birmingham.

Blackman also created the piece Beloved, commissioned by the Fierce Festival and British Arts Council as a site-specific performance and installation. The piece was created expressly for the Compton Verney Museum in the British West Midlands in April 2007.

She is also a voice-over performer, and has been used in campaigns for Chrysler, Ford, Blockbuster, Lysol, and Verizon, and channels including Turner Classic Movies, Discovery Health Channel, Cartoon Network, Court TV, PBS and Cinemax.

Music career

Some of Blackman's poems have been recorded. Her first recording was a 7" single from Cleveland label Carcrashh (sic). Both tracks were recorded by Kramer (Bongwater, Shimmy Disc records). Some have been reworked into lyrics, most notably on The Golden Palominos' 1996 album Dead Inside, for which she wrote all the lyrics and did vocals on all eleven songs. A few of the tracks were remixed by Raymond Watts of PIG/KMFDM, Mark Bell and Sean Beavan and released as free downloads for one month only from the Golden Palominos site.

Her vocal style leans more toward spoken word/chant rather than traditional pop music singing. She collaborated with Alan Wilder's Recoil project on Mute Records. She contributed three songs to Recoil's 2000 Liquid album.

Blackman opened on the 1995 U.S. Beat By Beat tour for KMFDM, and her piece "Indictment" was later re-recorded as "Dogma" on KMFDM's Xtort album (Wax Trax!/TVT). She was a featured spoken word performer at Lollapalooza in 1994, collaborated with Scanner, John Van Eaton, and Mark Blasquez in Europe, where she opened at festivals for Nick Cave in Belgium and Placebo in the Netherlands. She's also done a number of small tours for her spoken word performances in the U.S. and Europe.

She refers to her style of spoken word as "broken word," and in the late 1990s, she appeared frequently on Liza Richardson's "Man In The Moon" spoken word show on KCRW in Santa Monica. She is frequently invited to perform and teach at poetry workshops around the world.

Selected Musical Collaborations

  • Dead Inside by The Golden Palominos; vocals.
  • Liquid by Recoil; vocals on the tracks "Breath Control," "Chrome," and "Want."
  • Xtort by KMFDM; vocals on the track "Dogma."
  • A track on Firewater's last album "The Man on the Burning Tightrope" in 2005 on Jetset Records.
  • Hashisheen by Bill Laswell; voices on the tracks "Freya Stark at Alamut," "Hashish Poem," and "Assassinations."
  • "What I Want For Christmas" on the compilation A Christmas Gift For You From Zero Hour records.
  • Poemfone: New Word Order: Two tracks with the electronic music outfit Space Needle, who provided backing music on the spoken word pieces "You Will" and "Caroline," and her live performances as an opening act for KMFDM's 1995 US tour.
  • Various recordings of her live spoken word performances with Scanner, some of which appear on the "Americans for Radio Diversity" compilation and website.
  • Provided the vocals for a cover of the Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls" with John Van Eaton.
  • "Indictment/You Will" 7" single, produced by Kramer, for the Carcrashh label.


  • Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapalooza 94 (1994, Manic D Press, anthology) ISBN-10: 0916397416
  • Aloud : Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (1994, Henry Holt, anthology) ISBN-10: 0805032576
  • Blood Sugar (1997, Incommunicado Press/NYC. Later reissued in 2000 from Akashic Books/NYC). NOTE: Most of the works in Pretty/Sweet/Nice appear in Blood Sugar ISBN-10: 1888451343
  • Verses That Hurt: Pleasure and Pain from the POEMFONE Poets (1997, St. Martin's Press, anthology) ISBN-10: 0312151918
  • Will Work For Peace: New Political Poems (1999, Zeropanik, anthology) ISBN-10: 096664591X
  • Poetry Nation: The North American Anthology of Fusion Poetry (1998, Vehicule Press, anthology) ISBN-10: 1550651129
  • Brooklyn Noir (2004, Akashic Books, short story anthology) Features her first short story, "Dumped." ISBN-10: 1888451580
  • Live Through This (2008, Seven Stories, anthology) Features an essay by Blackman entitled "She's Lost Control," about her poem "Holy" ISBN-10: 1583228276

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