Nikki Reimer’s poetry, criticism, art and essays have appeared in anthologies, print and digital journals, and digital billboards. A writer concerned with emotional ecology, Reimer has published two books of poetry — DOWNVERSE (Talonbooks 2014) and [sic] (Frontenac House 2010, shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award) — chapbooks, criticism and essays. She is currently at work on a digital project, two poetry manuscripts, and a memoir. She lives in Calgary.
Nikki Reimer is a Calgary-based writer, editor, community contributor and creative problem solver.
I work as a Digital Specialist in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary, where I maintain the faculty’s digital presence and wrangle websites into shape. My creative practice spans print and digital writing and publishing: I’ve published two books of poetry; my digital poems have been featured on electronic billboards in Calgary; and I’m currently (slowly) at work on two poetry manuscripts, a memoir, and an extended multimedia digital project. My first book was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.
My interests span animal rights and representation; feminist discourse and affect theory; activism, community, and collaborative and multidisciplinary performance and practice.
I returned to Calgary in 2012 after an eight-year stint in Vancouver, where I was a member of the Kootenay School of Writing collective, a board member at W2 Community Media Arts, ran an interdisciplinary performance series called disjunct!, was Managing Editor of EVENT Magazine from 2011-12, and was editor of the Van City Kitty section on a popular blog.
I hold a BA Hons. in English from the University of Calgary (2002), have completed numerous writing and editing courses through Simon Fraser University’s Writing & Publishing Program, and hold Continuing Studies Certificates in Print Publishing and Web Design (2012) from Mount Royal University.
- Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP) | Board member
- The Writers Union of Canada (TWUC) | Editorial board member, WRITE Magazine
- Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society | Founding co-director
- Canadian Women in Literary Arts (CWILA)
- Writer’s Guild of Alberta
- The Dinner Party | Host, Calgary table
- Society for the Advocacy of Safer Spaces (SASS) Calgary | Volunteer
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