Featured in The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and on international television and radio, writer, producer, designer and survivor Nikki Patin has been advocating, performing and educating for over 20 years. She has performed at the National Black Theater in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, Links Hall, Black Artists Retreat, EXPO Chicago and many other spaces throughout the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. In 2014, she made history when she addressed the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on behalf of Black women survivors of sexual violence in the U.S. Nikki Patin holds an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from the University of Southern Maine, is a recipient of a 3Arts Make A Wave award in music and was recently named one of “30 Writers to Watch” by the Guild Literary Complex. Patin is the Community Engagement Director for the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (www.caase.org) and the founder and Executive Producer of Surviving the Mic (www.survivingthemic.org), a survivor-led organization that crafts brave and affirming space for survivors of trauma. Her work can be found at nikkipatin.com.