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About NDC Poetry, L.L.C.
"I Don't Play Pro Basketball in New York, But My Name is Nick"
Nick Courmon is an international poet, spoken word artist, recording artist, workshop facilitator, and motivational speaker from Greensboro, NC. Nick has been writing poetry since 2009 and performing since 2011. Nick graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2019 with a B.A. in Political Science with a Pre-Law concentration. Nick is currently enrolled at North Carolina Central University where he is studying to receive his M.A. in African American History.
Nick also serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the North Carolina Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (NCCADP). In addition to his work with the NCCADP, Nick is also currently serving as the spokesperson for the campaign to free Billie Allen from federal death row.
Nick uses his art to teach African American History, address a myriad of social issues, and advocate for mental health awareness. Nick has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, NBC's Today, The Drew Barrymore Show, VICE News, Button Poetry, Narratively, and Spokane NPR. Nick has work published in Teen Ink Magazine, Social Soundtrack, and BROAD Magazine, a digital and social justice publication born from the Women's Studies and Gender Studies program at Loyola University Chicago.
As a performer, he has participated in the Southern Fried Poetry Festival, placing 4th in both individual and team competition. Nick has been a featured speaker and performer, and panelist at the NAACP Image Awards Weekend, the North Carolina African American Cultural Celebration, the National Black Theatre Festival, the International Folk Festival, the NC African Film Festival, and the Mother Drum Healing Arts Foundation Festival.
Nick has also used his art to collaborate with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Beats by Dre, Gushers, Microsoft, USA Today, The King Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art: North Miami, Where Is My Land, Missourians Against the Death Penalty, Democracy NC, NC Black Alliance, the Wounded Warrior Project, Palta, and the Athletic Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Nick Courmon Earns 4th Place Finish in National Poetry Competition
The Southern Fried Poetry Slam is an annual performing arts festival celebrating poetry, spoken word, and community outreach. During the first week of June every year, a city in the Southeastern region of the United States plays host to one of the largest Spoken Word and Performance Poetry tournaments in the world and showcases some of the world’s most extraordinary writers, orators and artists whose talents will be on full display as they compete against 200+ poets for cash and prizes.
This year's competition was held in Knoxville, TN and Nick Courmon competed as a member of the Detour Slam Team based out of Fayetteville, NC and achieved 4th place honors as both a member of the Detour Slam Team and as an individual competing poet. Detour ranked 4th out of 28 competing teams and Nick ranked 4th out of over 80+ competing individual poets.
State Property (Poisoned Fruit)
As the spokesperson for the Free Billie Allen Campaign and the Community Engagement Coordinator of the NCCADP, Nick works to blend the art of poetry and spoken word with activism. View his latest released video (shot by Brandon Smith) inspired by his work with Billie Allen and the NCCADP.
NDC Poetry x Gushers x NAACP
Learn more about the exciting collaboration and program that Nick has been apart of with the NAACP, General Mills, & Gushers!
NDC Poetry x Gushers x NAACP Image Awards
In February, Nick had the opportunity to attend the NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, CA and serve as a panelist for the NAACP's Youth & College Division's "Young, Gifted, & Black" Brunch where the topic was centered around turning art in activism. Check out the video recap of the event and panel below!
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What's the News with Nick?
Nick Courmon continues to push for positive change through his art. From exclusive interviews to personal profiles, there is no shortage of press coverage to explore. Have a look at some of the latest news, headlines, and interviews that highlight his work.
Nick Courmon in the Los Angeles Times
February 27, 2021
This article highlights Nick's work of teaching African American history using poetry and spoken word on the TikTok social media platform
Nick Courmon in NBC's TODAY
February 15, 2022
This article details more of Nick's work on the TikTok platform and the way that he uses it to teach and advocate for African American history.
Nick Courmon in Narratively
February 21, 2022
In this article, Narratively spotlights Nick and their collaboration. Additionally, the article provides insight into Nick's background in poetry, spoken word, and history.
Nick Courmon Vice News Feature
May 25, 2021
A video segment done by Vice News detailing how Nick and others use their social media platforms to foster racial justice.
Nick Courmon at North Carolina State University
August 20, 2021
This brief video recaps Nick's performance and keynote at North Carolina State University's "Respect the Pack" event
Nick Courmon in Enspire Magazine
October 16, 2020
In this article, Nick details his inspiration and process behind the release of his debut book "For the Love Of"
Nick Courmon on Spectrum News 1
March 20, 2021
A news segment from Spectrum News 1 in Los Angeles, CA further detailing Nick's work on the TikTok social media platform
Nick Courmon My Sentiments Exactly Podcast Interview
February 1, 2021
Nick sits down to speak with Kayleon Dortch-Elliot and shares an original poem called "Accountability," where he advocates for the respect and protection of black women, or in his words, "the essential workers of the black community."
Nick Courmon Not Your Average BS Podcast Interview
April 12, 2021
Nick talks about how he grew to love poetry, intersectionality, and the Civil Rights Movement, sharing and learning Black History, and going viral and gaining a TikTok following of 88k+