nicole v basta grew up near Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, the granddaughter of coal miners and garment factory workers. She had her second upbringing in Ithaca, New York, before moving to Brooklyn, and receiving her MFA from The New School in 2016. In 2015, nicole co-founded the art collective + monthly performance night Say Yes Electric Collective that ran for three years.

nicole has been an artist-in-residence at Art Farm Nebraska three times where she plays carpenter with increasing confidence. Her chapbook V was written at Art Farm in 2016, chosen by Rigoberto González as the winner of The New School's annual contest, and published in the fall of 2017.

Her poems have appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Shallow Ends, Ninth Letter, Nat. Brut, New South, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere.

nicole is an Assistant Poetry Editor for Anomaly, a novice collage maker, and a Teaching Artist at two nonprofits. She’s currently living, writing, & getting to know the birds in Austin.