Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943, and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Giovanni is the author of numerous children books and poetry collections. In her first two collections, Black Feeling, Black Talk (Harper Perennial, 1968) and Black Judgement (Broadside Press, 1969), Giovanni reflects on the African-American identity. A lung cancer survivor, Giovanni also contributed an introduction to the anthology Breaking the Silence: Inspirational Stories of Black Cancer Survivors (Hilton Publishing, 2005).
Several magazines have named Giovanni Woman of the Year, including Essence, Mademoiselle, Ebony, and Ladies Home Journal. The first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, she has served as poetry judge for the National Book Awards and was a finalist for a Grammy Award in the category of Spoken Word.
Read more about Giovanni and her poems at Poets.org.