Nikki Martin is a writer and soundscape artist residing in Portland, Oregon, USA. Her conservative, pro-union, pro-hunting Catholic father is from Maine with a degree in Marine Biology. Her liberal, pro-union, pro-public health Lutheran mother is from New York City with a degree in Environmental Science. Her family came off boats as refugees a long time ago without paperwork, took some land, took some slaves, took some liberties, and fought in every major American war. They also helped build some National Parks during the Depression. Nikki is fortunate her family members were history buffs and storytellers. She continues their work of being pollsters' nightmares and sorting through what it means to be an American.