Nykieria Chaney is encrypting her mark on the world through her many dynamic talents. Taking the U.S. spoken word scene by storm, Chaney began as a student at Alabama State University (A.S.U.). There, she won several poetry slams and competitions including the Extemporaneous Speaker Competition and the Black Entertainment Television (B.E.T.) at A.S.U. Talent Search Contest.
She has since performed at many of the world renowned poetry and open mic hot-spots in the U.S., including the Nuyorican Poetry Café in New York, NY, Uptown Saturday Nights in Charlotte, NC, The Spoken Word Café in Chicago, IL, Nokturnal Escape in Jacksonville, FL, Spoken Word Revolution in Orlando, FL, and Apache Café in Atlanta, GA.
Nyki,” as she is affectionately called by friends and family, powerfully delivers works that do not simply scratch the surface of any controversial issue but offer a verbal stronghold on taboo and unaddressed subjects. This gift continuously yields her a number of winning titles in poetry slams across the United States. Other benefits reaped from her oral harvest are features of her writings and performances by No Labelz Magazine, Sistah Speak of St. Louis, MO, GBF Magazine, Women in Music, radio station 103.1FM of Orlando, FL and 89.3FM of Atlanta, SisterLove of Atlanta, GA, A&U Magazine, Lesbian Memoirs, Punany Poets, The Nalo Movement, and many other magazines, ezines, and anthologies.
Serving as the Artistic Director of Clouds Theater in Orlando, Fl, Nykieria began her yearly program for Sakia Gunn, a 15-year-old lesbian murdered in Newark, NJ. The Gunn program is a collection of songs, poems, and dances that provide support to LGBT youth and adolescents. While working with Clouds Theater she participated with Blaze The Mic, hosted Friday Night Fever, and began working on her first play Having Faith When Giving Up Isn’t An Option.
Tenaciously advancing and diversifying her career, she put the pedal to the metal in 2007 with the publishing of her solo written book of poetry, Think It, Write It, Speak It…Nothing but the Truth. In December 2007 Chaney launched GSpot Radio Show (GRS). GRS is one of the original LGBTQ Radio Shows catering specifically to females. With inciting topics and exclusive interviews, the show is a platform for LGBT Artists. In the past 4 years GRS has interviewed guests such as Leela James, The Floacist of Floetry, Jessica Holter of Punany Poets, Nikki Smith (Neyo Sister), Lovers & Friends Cast, Fiona Zedde, Laurinda Brown, Conscious of “Getting Unstuck”, Qui510, T. Miller, Studology 101, Rapper Digit, Kin4Life, Nefertiti Akinyela, and many other supporters of the LGBT community.
Nykieria’s play Bend, Don’t Break debuted during the 2009 United Arts Festival to sold out crowds. It was both a dream come true and a sobering moment as she realized that sometimes you have to blaze the path that you wish to follow. Following that motto she went on to write and direct Behind The Rainbow, a play speaking on taboo topics in the LGBTQ Community. It was also in 2009 that Nykieria partnered with the FL Department of Health and Sisters Organizing to Survive (SOS) to write her leading play, Positively Infected, a dramatic performance focusing on HIV/AIDS and how black women are infected and affected by this disease. The performance shows that there is no face of AIDS in the black community. Each of us is just as likely to be infected when we fail to protect ourselves.
In 2010 Nykieria created Cre8ive Nsights Inc, a Literary and Performance Arts Company aimed at assisting to eradicate a disease that claims the lives of over 18,000 people each year. Utilizing literature, performance, dance, and other expressive arts, Cre8ive Nsights develops programs using literature and performance arts to educate communities on the realities of HIV and AIDS.
Currently Nykieria is working on the following projects.
Positively Infected is a touring play on HIV Awareness. We collaborate with organization to take the program to their local community. Positively Infected uses common situations to break down myths and educate the community on the realities of HIV and AIDS. Taking a direct approach on revealing how they came to their Positive statuses, the play not only educates on HIV but also removes the stigma surrounding the disease by exposing several misconceptions.
The CHOICE Project is a Poetry & Creative writing workshop focusing on American writers that renews interest in reading and writing while teaching participants to mange emotions through creative expression. The program is designed to release environmental and economical limitations while building figurative language and intrapersonal relationships to increase literature comprehension.
The Remember Me Project is a reading program in which volunteers visit various assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals to read poetry and other literature to senior citizens. This program is designed to use literary arts to bring back memories, remove thoughts of depression, combat loneliness, and show our seniors that we have not forgotten them.
Through these many avenues of creative expression Nykieria has proved herself as an indubitable wordsmith and acquired a loyal fan base that is widely divergent and composed of people all nationalities, sexes, and orientations.