Wendell P. Dabney      

Guide to African American Resources
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Nikki Giovanni
1943-    
 
  Born in 1943 in Knoxville, Tennessee, Nikki Giovanni’s given name is Yolande Cornelia Giovanni, Jr. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Cincinnati, and she attended school in Lincoln Heights. After graduating from Fisk University in 1967, Giovanni published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling, Black Talk, in 1968. Since that time, she has published numerous books and has been included in several anthologies.  
 
Giovanni's activities have included organizing the first African American arts festival in Cincinnati in 1967. She was a professor of creative writing at the College of Mount St. Joseph from 1985 to 1987 and has since taught at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
 
 


 
To learn more about Nikki Giovanni, consult the following resources:
 

Racism 101
By Nikki Giovanni
General 811.54 G512
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The Legacy Lace (for Y. C. G., Sr.)
By Nikki Giovanni in Women in Cincinnati: Century of Achievement, 1870-1970, Vol. II
General f977.14 W872t
In this one page essay written in 1984, Nikki Giovanni reflects on the women who sewed handkerchiefs.    View catalog record   Request slip
 
 
 
The Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni

By Nikki Giovanni
General 811.54 G512s
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Conservative Cincinnati and Its Outspoken Women Writers

By Susan S. Kissel in Queen City Heritage, Vol. 44, No. 1, Spring 1986, pages 20‑29.
General f906 H673B
In this article, Susan Kissel discusses visionary Cincinnati women writers including Francis Wright, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Nikki Giovanni.   View article (PDF)
 
 
 
Nikki Giovanni: From Revolution to Revelation
By Anna T. Robinson
Pamphlets B G512
Giovanni's poetry and changing social commentary are discussed in this 1979 work by Anna Robinson.
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Sources Used for Biographical Sketch:
  • Kissell, Susan S. "Conservative Cincinnati and Its Outspoken Women Writers," Queen City Heritage, Vol. 44, No. 1, Spring 1986, p. 20-29, General f906 H673B. Cincinnati History Library and Archives, Cincinnati Museum Center.
  • Robinson, Anna T. Nikki Giovanni: From Revolution to Revelation. Pamphlets B G512. Cincinnati History Library and Archives, Cincinnati Museum Center.

 
   

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