Spoken word poet Nathan J. Reid is a current resident of Madison, Wisconsin. His poetry is born out of a simple yet strong passion to strive for and share inner truth. Constantly rooting for the good in people, he explores aspects of human nature both sweet and bittersweet to create art that has an ultimately hopeful message. He believes the truth of one individual can ignite new truth in another, and that this process of sharing and discovering truth forwards the human condition in a direction that is positive, honest, and intelligent.
Nathan grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the youngest of five siblings (although, he gained two more brothers later on). He developed interests in writing and theatre at a young age. At fifteen years old he became a member of Eclectic Arts Ensemble Theatre Company (now Oshkosh Community Players), where he spent ten years acting, stage managing, directing, playwriting, set-building, and gaining experience in various other facets of the art form. His first national poetry and prose publications came at the age of eighteen, within the same issue of Teen Ink Magazine. Since then his poems have appeared in the Binnacle, the Penguin Review, the Fox Cry Review, as well as other journals. In 2014, he was the featured spoken word artist for HOME: A Group Art Exhibition and a featured poet for the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Poetry Reading Series. In 2015, he qualified for Madison’s National Poetry Slam Team and was also the guest spoken word artist for Byzantium (The Fallen Empire), a Silversärk event.
His first book of poetry, Thoughts on Tonight, was published by Finishing Line Press in the fall of 2017.
In addition to artistic pursuits, Nathan is an avid reader (particularly of Science Fiction), occasional songwriter, amateur philosopher, and enthusiast of movies, quiz shows, travel, and chocolate.