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New Note Poetry is an online poetry magazine that features only the boldest poets and their verses. We believe poetry is the jazz of the written word.


New Note Poetry started as the brainchild of writer, educator, and poetry lover Nathan Nicolau. One day, while listening to Blue Note jazz records and admiring their sound and album artwork, an idea dawned on him: What if I could do this but with poetry? Nathan turned to his friend and collaborator, Brenden Sica, to create some original art for the website and magazine. Thus, New Note Poetry was born.


Our motto is "poetry is the jazz of the written word," meaning that within our pages, expect wild, untamed, idiosyncratic, bold, and even a little shocking. We aim to do for poetry what Blue Note did for jazz: present new, genre-breaking artists while also fostering a high-quality brand. Since poetry has existed since the dawn of language, it is too easy to say that everything has already been done. We believe there is always a chance to add a new note to poetry, to keep it moving forward while leaving a mark.

We are proudly founded and based in Charlotte, NC.





Founder/Chief Editor

Nathan Nicolau is a writer based in Charlotte, NC. An avid poetry lover (on top of being a poet himself), he firmly believes in a poem's ability to inspire. His work has been featured in numerous websites and magazines such as South Florida Poetry Journal and Beyond Words Literary Magazine. He received his B.F.A. at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and his English M.A. at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. His favorite poets include Frank O’Hara, William Blake, Langston Hughes, Rumi, Edgar Allen Poe, E.E. Cummings, Basho, Elizabeth Alexander, and Mary Oliver.




In-House Artist/Designer

Brenden Sica is an American electronic musician, producer, digital artist, and audio engineer based in New Jersey. In late 2018, he began releasing music under the moniker Machine PNG to create more electronic music. In 2020, Sica began studying audio engineering in order to better refine his production as well as other musicians’ work he collaborated with. He is the founder and creative force behind Post-Internet Music.

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