The Woman Behind the Lipstick

Rheonna Nicole was born and raised in Louisville, KY. Birthed to be an artist, writer, gifted poet and creative. A graduate of Valley Traditional High School and studied commercial art at Murray State University. Embracing her passion for creative writing and spoken word she began reciting her poetry at churches, funerals, weddings and youth events. She soon became admired and enjoyed by many people around the city.

Her aggressive and rhythmic style of poetry has made her stand out in the crowd. She was a featured speaker at The National Council of Negro Women's Martin Luther King Jr. brunch, Girls IdeaFest, World Festival, Kentucky Women's Writers Conference (Wild Women of Poetry Slam), Louisville Literary Arts reading series, and Indiana University Poetry Festival. Featured articles about Rheonna have been in Today's Woman Magazine, Leo Weekly, Insider Louisville, Courier Journal, Spalding University Art and Literary Hotel.  Rheonna has participated in GirlsRock Louisville and a plethora of workshops, schools/universities functions and other events. In 2016, Rheonna was also ranked 6th woman poet in the world by the Women of the World poetry slam and would go on to winning and competing in multiple poetry slams here in Louisville and around the country.

Rheonna Nicole created her own poetry slam called Lipstick Wars Poetry Slam (in partnership with ArtsReach, a program of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts) which is an all-female competition where she offers a grand platform for women and girl poets all over the nation to speak out against the injustices and celebrate the victories of womanhood through the art of slam poetry.

Rheonna continues to use her riveting, powerful voice as an instrument to break down barriers, motivate and uplift women and girls of color, encouraging those who fall victim to body shaming and to honor her black uniqueness through her poetry.