Nico Vela Page

is creating trans documentary poetry and films




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About Nico Vela Page

I am a documentary poet and filmmaker, which to me means that I work rooted in a variety of research practices— from family and personal history, to interventions in and with archival materials, ritual investigations and investigation rituals, to the stories of others I've had the chance to record. I am also chilean, american, trans, non-binary, femme,

This trans in-process imperfection practice is not truly possible under racial capitalism, but I'm trying, and that's why I need your help. Your support will help me buy food and pay rent, travel home and maybe afford some hormones, while I also support my community in Providence, RI and elsewhere. I hope to soon print my own and others' work in exchange, because I like to read on paper.

For the time being, my essays here will be freely accessible and any contributions of any amount will be deeply appreciated. I'm keeping poems and more experimental writing exclusive for patrons because I'm still figuring out how this space fits into my creative, iterative practice, and it feels a bit too vulnerable to have an archive of raw poems completely public on the internet. That being said, if you can't afford to support me or want to receive simple email updates that more or less match what's posted here (including the poetry) without having to create yet another account, sign up here.

Some last words about what I think I'm doing— I work in the permeable edges (interstices? betweens? borderlands?) of gender, language, place, research, often mixing mediums, transing all of the above ("an underlying grammar of transness," Taylor Johnson once said to me). Poetry is knowledge, already and in creation, a form of discovery and experimental method. It is important to me to think and make in public and in community, so that I can learn with others and be held accountable for that learning (writing), knowing I will make mistakes and do my best to make up for them. What's posted here will mostly be somewhat rough, and you might see pieces repeated or repurposed as I rehearse and revise them. Pero bueno, Teillier dice que "difícilmente uno tiene más de un poema que escribir en su vida."

Lastly, thanks to Jaime Berrout (although we don't personally know each other), for inspiring me in many ways. You should go support her:
$106.81 of $600 per month
Oh dang it's my rent! Thanks for putting a roof over my head. Landlord's heads should roll tho :)
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