Nikki Ummel

Nikki Ummel is a queer artist and an editor for Bear Review. Nikki has been published or has work forthcoming with Gulf CoastThe Georgia ReviewBlack Lawrence Press, and others. She is the 2022 recipient of the Leslie McGrath Poetry Prize and 2023 recipient of the Juxtaprose Poetry Award for her manuscript, Bloom. Nikki is the co-founder of LMNL, an arts organization focused on readings, workshops, and residencies. She has two poetry chapbooks, Hush (Belle Point Press, 2022) and Bayou Sonata (NOLA DNA, 2023), funded by the New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage Foundation. You can find her on the web at

2022 Events
Saturday Reader
2023 Events
Writing About Illness, Recovery, Pain, and Survival
2024 Events
Locals Night Opening Gala & Fundraiser
Dancing with Form: Partner, Connection, Lead and Follow "Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance... poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music." -Ezra Pound
Writing the Body: The Intersection of Identity and Corporeality