Shy. Queer. A little serious. Frequently surrounded by clouds and skyscapes, Nico Amador is a writer who is well acquainted with the sensation of being simultaneously alone and among, within and between.
His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Bettering American Poetry, Vol 3., the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Hypertext Review, Poets Reading the News, Poet Lore, Bedfellows, Plenitude, Nimrod International Journal, APIARY Magazine, Big Bell, HOLD and elsewhere. His chapbook, Flower Wars, was selected as the winner of the Anzaldúa Poetry Prize and was published by Newfound Press in 2017. He is a recent grant recipient from the Vermont Arts Council, an alumni of the Lambda Literary Foundation's Writers Retreat, poetry editor at Thread Makes Blanket Press and helped to found the Rogue Writing Workshop of Philadelphia, which provides workshop instruction with accomplished poets to those writing and learning outside of academic institutions.
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Nico has also worked extensively as a community organizer and activist trainer. Between 2007-2015 he lived in Philadelphia, where he was Director of Training for Change, an organization dedicated to developing the skills and leadership of those doing grassroots work and taking direct action to advance social, economic and environmental justice. Over the last ten years, he has led over 300 workshops and trained over 7,000 organizers on four continents. Groups he’s collaborated with include the Trans Justice Funding Project, the Audre Lorde Project, the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, the Leeway Foundation, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), ACT UP Philadelphia, the Trans Latina Network, Campaign Bootcamp (UK), Plan to Win (Australia) and many others. He remains interested in the ongoing project of collective liberation.
His home base is currently a small town in Vermont, where he lives with his boyfriend and three cats.