Mindy Nettifee is an award winning writer and accomplished performance poet and storyteller. She is the author of two full-length collections Sleepyhead Assassins (Moon Tide Press) and Rise of the Trust Fall (Write Bloody Press), and a collection of essays on writing Glitter In The Blood - A Poet's Manifesto for Better, Braver Writing (Write Bloody Press).  She is a three time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, a Powell's Books Indie Press Best Seller, and she co-edited the anthology Courage - Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (Write Bloody Press).

She has performed and taught in over 500 hundreds of venues, colleges and universities across America and Europe, competed in five National Poetry Slams, opened for indie rock act the Cold War Kids, headlined national poetry tours The Last Nerve, The Whirlwind Company and The Poetry Revival, and was featured in the critically acclaimed poetry concert documentary The Drums Inside Your Chest. Her stories have been featured on The Moth podcast 

Mindy served for 8 years as executive director of the nonprofit poetry organization Write Now Poetry Society, which she co-founded with actress and author Amber Tamblyn in 2007. Write Now's mission is simply to build the audience for great contemporary poetry. Through her work at Write Now, she has curated poetry events for The Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, GirlFest, the Mission Creek Festival, and others.

She  currently works with BackFence PDX, The Moth, and Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon and performs monthly in the regular cast of E4P's New Shit Show. For a full press kit or to inquire about booking, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What others have to say about Mindy:

"Mindy Nettifee's poetry is the linguistic orgasm we've all been waiting for." - BUST Magazine

“With detail to craft combined with her already brutal, and important, revelations, Nettifee’s writing and Write Bloody Press books are a welcome, important vehicle in poetry for some time to come." - Chicago Sun Times

"When... Mindy Nettifee’re powerless—you have no choice but to raise your wine glass high over your osmosis head and join her pledge of allegiance to graphic truth. Her poems have the grace of cursive letters and the guts of a truck driver."  - District Weekly

“Mindy Nettifee is destined to be the next Dorothy Parker.”  - Poetic Diversity




Upcoming Shows & Events

Lofi @ HIFI @ The McCormick Mansion in Portland, OR

Thursday, March 16th, 7pm

Get Nervous @ Ford Food & Drink in Portland, OR

Saturday, April 8th, 7pm

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