On Musqueam-, Squamish-, and Tsleil-Waututh-land, Cecily Nicholson has worked in the downtown eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver for nineteen years — most recently as Administrator of the artist-run centre and mental health resource, Gallery Gachet. A part of the Joint Effort prison abolitionist group and a member of the Research Ethics Board for Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Cecily is the newly appointed Interpretive Programmer at the Surrey Art Gallery. She is the author of Triage, From the Poplars, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and Wayside Sang, winner of the Governor General's award for poetry.
Cecily's preferred poetic subjects include place and movement based works that work across scale. Her style interests are broadly influenced by music and lyric, language poetry, and community praxis.