Nikki Blak is a proud Los Angeles native and lifelong resident, rebuking gentrification and displacement in her hometown of Inglewood. She is the author of four volumes of poetry and fiction. Her work has been featured nationally on television and radio, as well as in universities and art institutions. She holds degrees in sociology and social justice and community organizing. She is a mother of two, an eccentric aunt, lover of animals and baked goods, music enthusiast, radical womanist, and anti-oppression educator.