Nikki Giovanni

(b. 1943)

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born in Tennessee, educated at Fisk (A.B., 1967), is best known for her poetry, the early work often militantly black and socially conscious, the later, more personal and mellow. It has been published in Black Feeling, Black Talk (1968), Black Judgement (1968), Re: Creation (1970), Poem of Angela Yvonne Davis (1970), My House (1972), The Women and the Men (1975), Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day (1978), and Those Who Ride the Night Winds (1983). Her poems for younger readers appear in Spin a Soft Black Song (1971) and Ego Tripping (1973). Gemini (1971) collects essays, many autobiographical and others socially revolutionary or literary criticism. A Dialogue (1972) transcribes a tape-recorded talk with James Baldwin on racial and literary subjects, and A Poetic Equation (1974) is a similar dialogue with Alice Walker.

Subjects: Literature.

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