Lola, La Poeta;
or Nikki Hernandez is a Los Angeles based Educator / Writer / Zine Maker. Lola was born and raised in the Harbor Area of Los Angeles. She attended Los Angeles Harbor College where she got her Associates of Art in Social and Behavioral Sciences. And later transferred to Humboldt State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Most of Lola’s written work has feminist themes with Chicano essences based on her experiences coming into adulthood. She writes about the way the brain functions, her experience with authentic love, lust/sex, drugs, abuse, being a woman, being brown, and reclaiming one’s power.
Her ultimate goals in life are to help young people discover their true path/power in life and to spread as much love as possible. She has collaborated with a pregnancy prevention non-profit, Girls P.A.C.T., to deliver age-appropriate information regarding healthy love, boundaries, relationships and sex to high school students. The Zine is titled “Navigating Your Heart: A Homegirl’s Guide to Dating in the 21st Century.” You can find examples of the content here.
Other published work includes a self-published Zine titled, Brain Chemistry.
Lola contributes poetry to local LA Artist Zines & Non-Profit magazines. Original Work includes Personal Perspectives, Photo, Written & Performance Poetry. You can also find Lola attending “Food For Thought” Open Mic every last Thursday of the month in the Public House at Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.
PIECES Arts; mentors artists 18-25 to further develop their art skills and grow their craft into a professional business | www.piecesarts.org
Girls P.A.C.T.; empowers girls aged 12-24 to practice safe sex, healthy boundaries and pursue their life goals | www.girlspact.org
Girlz of LA Art Collective; connects young artists from all over L.A. by curating art shows featuring artists from different backgrounds and talents | www.facebook.com/girlzofla.collective