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I'm Nina Oteria, a poet and artist with a Master’s degree in Writing from Pratt Institute. I graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in Religion, minoring in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies and Creative Writing. I am a founding poet in the Corcoran Poetry Wall for the spring 2020 cycle of the Durham Public Space project.

I was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and I have devoted much of my life to writing, performing and studying poetry. I paint occasionally, but my main medium of poetry blends thoughts on nature, seeing, color, affect, and race. I draw from critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, color theory, science, and Black studies and blend them with my personal experience as a Black woman in the south, seeking to be facilitate the use of creative words to diffuse violence and heal self and community.

Thanks for reading and writing with me.