Nic Alea Portaro is a queer and non-binary poet with a degree in Creative Writing. They hold fellowship from the Lambda Literary Foundation and have work published in Muzzle Magazine, the Paris American, Write Bloody, BOAAT, Lambda Literary, Souvenir Magazine, Reservoir, decomP and others. In 2014, Nic was rated one SF Weekly’s “Best Writers without a Book” and has performed at the National Queer Arts Festival (USA), the Santa Cruz Music Festival (USA), Lit Quake (USA) and the Emerging Writers’ Festival (AUS).
Nic is a 2019 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow.
Current interests include: exploration of the extrasensory experience, interactions of queerness in both sexual and non-sexual capacities, understanding of God/Source/Christ consciousness; intersections of trauma around fatness, sexual abuse, and mother/child enmeshment resulting in ichthyophobia.
They are currently working on a full length poetry manuscript inspired by 12th Century mystic lesbian nun, Hildegard von Bingen, as well as, a creative non-fiction manuscript documenting the release of a major phobia.
Nic is a public library worker & community programmer & lives in Narrm (Melbourne, Australia).