Nicki Heinen was born in Germany and moved to the UK aged 6. She studied English at Girton College, Cambridge University, where she won the Barbara Wrigley Prize for Poetry.
She completed an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College in 2012, with distinction.
Her work has been published in a variety of print and on-line magazines and anthologies, including Bloodaxe’s Staying Human anthology, Magma, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Strix, Rising, Spontaneous Poetics, Blue of Noon, Culture Matters’ Witches, Warriors and Workers and The Cry of the Poor, and Bad Betty Press’ The Dizziness of Freedom and Alter Egos.
She was shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Prize and was commended in the Winchester Poetry Prize 2018 and 2020.
Tentacular Magazine Issue 7 was co-edited by Nicki .
She founded and hosts Words & Jazz, a spoken word and music night, at the Vortex Jazz Club, London, and Words & Art online.
Her pamphlet Itch was launched with Eyewear Press in 2017 and was a London Review Bookshop book of the year.
There May Not Be a Reason Why, her debut collection, is published by Verve Poetry Press in January 2022.
She identifies as disabled, living with bipolar disorder. She lives in London.