hi I’m niko
& I’m in a love-hate relationship with words
I am a San Francisco-based writer who explores liminal spaces, what it means to love and be loved, and the tenderness and ambiguity of the human experience. I learned at an early age that storytelling is the key to staying alive. My essays have been published in Popular Anthropology Magazine, Broke Ass Stuart, OC78 Recovery Diaries, Chicken Soup for the Soul and more. I hold an MA in Anthropology and Social Change. I work 9-5 as an Associate Director in Strategic Philanthropy. When I’m not writing, you can find me summiting mountains, running through Golden Gate Park or planning my next big escape across the world. I travel solo as often as possible, be sure to follow my IG @nikowrites or look up #nikoroams to keep up. My first manuscript is a work in progress.
1999 was the year I got my first journal, at the age of 10. It was also the year my dad first went to jail, and the year I got my first therapist. It was the first year that writing saved my life, and I’ve been doing it ever since.
I am the firstborn child of an incarcerated alcoholic father and a single mother who raised me to be fierce, raised me to raise hell. My parents were children of poor, uneducated immigrants who never had the luxury of learning the language of the heart. My childhood was filled with conflict and chaos, and secrets swept under the rug. I am from coldness and distance, closed doors and denial. I am the first member in the history of my family to go to college and obtain a four year degree. I can only strive to be a trailblazer for my entire bloodline. I escaped the traps and traumas of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. I was never supposed to get this far, and yet I have.
I am a survivor of family dysfunction. I have survived sexual assault, misogynist micro-aggressions and the mini-betrayals that have weighed down a body that for so long didn’t feel like it belonged to me. I have survived eating disorders, alcoholism, self-hatred and suicidal ideation. I have survived all the human things a human must grieve in a single lifetime. I’m still grieving and I’m still here. All things considered, I am healing at miraculous rates.
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NIKO ROAMS is the counterpart to NIKO WRITES. I am relentless about exploring what I love and writing about what arises–in 2020 I will bring NIKO ROAMS and NIKO WRITES together in a new way. Stay tuned. Stay here.