Perry S. Nicholas What the World Sees


Perry S. Nicholas is an Associate English professor at Erie Community College North in Buffalo, NY, where he was awarded the 2008 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities and the 2011 President’s Award for Classroom Instruction. He has twice received the SGA’s Outstanding Teacher Award.  He has been a guest lecturer at Daemen College, Villa Maria College, Niagara County Community College, and New York College in Athens, Greece and read his poetry in New York City and Woodstock.


Perry's work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010.  His poems have appeared in Common Ground Review, Literary House Review, Caesura, Word Worth, Seven Circle Press, Slant, Feile-Festa, Louisiana Literature, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Chest, The Healing Muse and Chronogram. His poems have appeared on seventeen occasions in The Buffalo News. He has published approximately 130 poems in print and online.


His first full-length book, The River of You, was published in September 2009 by Foot Hills Publishing. His second book of poetry, What the World Sees, was published by Saddle Road Press in 2011. His third book, Small Crafts, was published by The Writer’s Den in 2012. The fourth  book, Beginnings: Poems to Greece and Back was printed in January 2013.  The Company We Keep, co-authored with Maria Sebastian-Nicholas, is his fifth full-length book of poetry.  His most recent chapbooks are Ancient History and Like Trying to Explain, both printed in 2014.


Perry has also judged Word Worth's poetry/essay contests and the 2013 Just Buffalo Annual Poetry contest.