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Nikki Giovanni

Nikki GiovanniAKA Yolande Cornelia Giovanni, Jr.

Born: 7-Jun-1943
Birthplace: Knoxville, TN

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Poet

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Black Feeling, Black Talk

Father: Jones Giovanni ("Gus", b. 1914, d. 1982 cancer)
Mother: Yolande Cornelia (b. 1919)
Sister: Gary Ann (b. 1940)
Son: Thomas Watson Giovanni (b. 1969)

    High School: Lockland High School (1957-58)
    High School: Austin High School, Knoxville, TN (1958-)
    University: BA, Fisk University (1967)
    University: University of Pennsylvania
    University: Columbia University
    Professor: Literature, Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1987-)

    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Honorary
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Order of the Long Leaf Pine 1999
    Risk Factors: Lung Cancer

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Author of books:
Black Feeling, Black Talk (1968, poetry)
Black Judgement (1968, poetry)
Re: Creation (1970, poetry)
Spin a Soft Black Song (1971, poetry, juvenile)
Gemini (1971, memoir)
Ego-Tripping (1973, poetry, juvenile)
Vacation Time (1980, poetry, juvenile)
Those Who Ride the Night Winds (1983)
Sacred Cows... and Other Edibles (1988, essays)
Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni (1996, poetry)
The Genie in the Jar (1996, juvenile)
The Sun Is So Quiet (1996, juvenile)
Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate: Looking at the Harlem Renaissance Through Poems (1996)
Love Poems (1997, poetry)
Nikki in Philadelphia (1997)
Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems (2002, poetry)
The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection (2002, poetry)

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