Guest Blog Post on the Authenticity Experiment

Fool’s Journey by Nikole Potulsky

October 20, 2016
In 2002, I dreamt up the idea for a Fool’s Journey with a new friend who had just renamed herself Luna. The Fool card in the tarot means new beginnings, trust the process, trust that when you step off cliffs you will fly or land softly. We quit our jobs, put our things in storage and bought a 1992 forest green Ford Aerostar that we named Sophia. We drove to Eureka Springs, Arkansas first, then onto Pagosa Springs, Colorado, down to the cold springs of Austin, Texas then onto a dozen more hot springs throughout the southwest, finally making our way to LA, where we began a long slow drive up Highway 1.”  


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11/04/16 Portland Get Nervous: Lit Crawl: Tug Boat Brewing
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 711 SW Ankeny St, Portland, Oregon 97205.

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Nikole is a queer songwriter/storyteller who lives in Portland, Oregon with her two kids and her old dog.

She grew up moving around the Midwest and the South. Lots of stepdads, lots of new kid at a new school-ness, lots of confusion, lots of adventure, lots of things to remember and to grieve.  

With sincerity and ease, Nikole takes you to visit people you’ve never met and places you’ve never been. Fortune tellers, good ol’ boys, fierce women and grandmothers in strip bars. Union towns, kitchen tables, house fires, and deathbeds. After a few stories, you start to feel like you have been where she has been and you recognize yourself in her songs. Somehow by the end of the show, you feel like old friends.

Nikole has been writing music and telling stories on stage for almost 20 years and is just beginning to the learn the craft of essay. She writes mostly about her family of origin, naming generational trauma, and raising up the parallel stories of resilience.

Nikole finds it odd to write about herself in third person but understands that this is the cultural norm of short bios and for today, has decided to go along with it.



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