Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Black History Month Journey of Celebrating Women in the Arts: Nikki Giovanni


  • One of the most widely read American poets of our time, Giovanni has taught writing and literature at Virginia Tech since 1987, where she is a University Distinguished Professor. She has written more than two-dozen books, including volumes of poetry, illustrated children’s books, and three collections of essays. She has also received 21 honorary doctorates.
  • With ever-growing popularity, Giovanni has received many honors and awards for her work, including numerous honorary degrees, the NAACP Image Award for Literature in 1998 and 2000, and the Langston Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts and Letters in 1996. She has also been named Woman of the Year by several magazines, including Mademoiselle, Essence and Ladies Home Journal.
  • Favorite Nikki quote - Her book, Love Poems (1997), was written in memory of Tupac Shakur and she has stated that she would “rather be with the thugs than the people who are complaining about them.”

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for mentioning Nikki Giovanni - I love her poetry! As a Celebrant who officiates weddings, I often suggest her poem, "You Came, Too" as a possible reading for the wedding ceremony.

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