Nicole Rodriguez, known to most as Cole, is a Boston native. Although she has been writing since adolescence, it’s been only two years since she endeavored spoken word.
A mother, sister, friend, writer, teacher, activist, and lover of rhyme, Cole’s poetic work is a reflection of her life experience and vehement desire to tell the truth out loud. Constantly striving to move minds, her raw delivery has captured audience’s attention as a performer at the Nuyorican Cafe, Harvard University and Critical Breakdown, Boston’s only all-ages hip hop event. She has featured for Soulkore and BloodSkinLand Productions, The Providence Black Repertory Company and performed as a part of Rhode Island’s annual Sound Session. Currently, she is a member of Boston’s Lizard Lounge Slam Team Coaching Staff. Having competed in the 2008 & 2015 National Poetry Slam and Individual World Poetry Slam in Charlotte, NC. Passionate about working with young people, she performs regularly at community events and conducts workshops for schools in the Greater Boston area. Cole is currently at work on her first book. She loves to dance salsa, is an avid Celtics fan and a beast in the kitchen.