Mindy Nettifee, MA is an award winning writer, performance poet and storyteller. She is the author of three full-length collections of poems: Sleepyhead Assassins (Moon Tide Press), Rise of the Trust Fall (Write Bloody Press), and Open Your Mouth Like a Bell (Write Bloody Press) as well as 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 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.
She is the director of the creative services firm Free Delivery, where she coaches writers and speakers, facilitates master creativity and performance workshops, and consults on live event production for corporations and nonprofit community organizations alike. 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. With Write Now, she curated poetry events for The Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, GirlFest, the Mission Creek Festival, and others. She currently produces and collaborates with BackFence PDX, The Moth, and Literary Arts in Portland, Oregon.
She is currently a doctoral candidate in Depth Psychology with a specialization Somatic Studies, after having studied the last six years and worked to integrate her background in the language and performing arts with the philosophies and sciences of psychology and neurobiology. Her dissertation research looks into the impact of trauma on the voice and languaging, and what role they play in trauma healing and integration. She is now a Somatic Movement educator and practitioner, training for certification in the trauma resolution modality Somatic Experiencing.
What others have to say about Mindy's writing:
“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 speaks…you’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