Perry S. Nicholas is a recently-retired English professor at SUNY Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y., 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 received the SGA’s Outstanding Teacher Award on two occasions. He has been a guest lecturer at Daemen College, Villa Maria College, Buffalo State College, Niagara County Community College, and at New York College in Athens, Greece.
Perry has been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize, in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010. His poems have appeared in Common Ground Review, Literary House Review, Caesura, Word Worth, Silver Birch Press, Snapdragon, Verse-Virtual, Slant, Feile-Festa, Louisiana Literature, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Chest, The Healing Muse, New York Quarterly, Great Lakes Review, Chronogram, and AHI. His poems have appeared on over twenty occasions in the Buffalo News. He has published approximately 150 poems in print and online. They also appear in the anthologies Right Here, Right Now, Resurrection of a Sunflower, and Flash in the Dark. In February, 2013, Perry judged the Just Buffalo Annual Poetry Contest and the national Poetry Out Loud competition at SUNY Erie.
In 2013, he read in Greenwich Village's Cornelia Cafe in NYC. In 2016, he was featured at the well-known Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In 2017, he directed the Writers Workshop for Just Buffalo. He has edited local anthologies and written many book reviews for fellow poets.
His first full-length book, The River of You, was published in September 2009 by FootHills Publishing. His second book of poetry, What the World Sees, was published by Saddle Road Press in July 2011. His third book, Small Crafts, was published by The Writer’s Den in March, 2012, and Perry's fourth book, Beginnings: Poems to Greece and Back, was released in early December, 2012. Perry has put out five chapbooks, Ancient History, in 2013 , Like Trying to Explain, in 2014, Emergency Visit in 2015, The Poet Upstairs in 2017 and Laundry in 2018. His poem "The Last Night We Heard Bob Dylan Play" was nominated for the Best of the Net in 2018. Perry's book, Why I Learned to Spell was published by The Writer's Den in 2019 and his newest book, as a man in the moon, was published by The Writer's Den in 2020.
Perry Nicholas has co-hosted the Lewiston Arts Café in Lewiston, NY, the Screening Room Poetry Series, Empire State College's Poetry Series, the Center for Inquiry Poetry Series, and the Buffalo Corner Series. Perry has read his poetry in Schenectady, New Paltz, Albany, Plymouth, Woodstock, Saratoga Springs, and NYC, N.Y.