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.
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
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 recordRequest slip
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. View catalog record
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.