Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Nikki Giovanni



Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Lincoln Heights, an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling Black Talk in 1968 along with a second book launching her career as a writer. Nikki Giovanni was dubbed the “Princess of Black Poetry”, and was most recently, one of Oprah Winfrey’s twenty-five “Living Legends”. A great amount of her books have received honors and awards. Her spoken word recordings have also received recognition and honors. Giovanni is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and has received Life membership and Scroll from the National Council of Negro Women. Black Enterprise named her a Women of Power Legacy Award winner for work that expands opportunities for other women of color. Nikki Giovanni is a well-known Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

I would like to study Nikki Giovanni because of her impact on the world and poetry itself. Learning about her accomplishments has influenced me to learn more about her. She has been recognized for a great amount of achievements and her poetry seems very enlightening. My favorite poem by Nikki Giovanni would be “My House”.  Her style of writing is very evident and she uses a lot of metaphors. It seems like love poem but I couldn’t really analyze the true meaning of the poem. However, I am looking forward to reading many more of works and learning more and more about the Famous Nikki Giovanni. J

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