African-American poet, author, and professor known for Bicycles: Like Poems; Cotton Chocolate on the Rainy Time; and Dark Judgement. She also composed many children’s books, including Spin a Soft Dark Song and SUNLIGHT is So Calm. She went to Fisk School, the School of Pa, and Columbia School. She was teaching innovative composing at Virginia Technology in 2007, when the Apr 16 campus massacre happened. Her phrases, “We are Virginia Technology…We will prevail,” became a rallying cry for traumatized learners. She was created in Tennessee, and she was raised in Ohio. She’s a son called Thomas. The Country wide Public Radio plan, WITH THAT SAID, commissioned Giovanni to create a poem for this year’s 2009 inauguration of Leader Barack Obama.
|1||She is a creative writing professor at the Virginia Polytechnic University at Blacksburg, Virginia. [July 2007]|
|2||On April 17, 2007, delivered a profoundly moving poem entitled "We are Virginia Tech" at the Convocation ceremony commemorating the massacre on the Virginia Tech campus just one day earlier.|
|3||Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 130, pp. 161-171. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.|
|4||An honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.|
|The Poets' Cafe||1995||TV Series||Guest|
|The Amazing Nina Simone||2015||Documentary||Herself|
|BET Awards 2014: Genius Talks||2014||TV Special||Herself|
|Tavis Smiley||2007-2014||TV Series||Herself - Guest / Herself|
|Democracy Now!||2012-2013||TV Series||Herself|
|Get Real! Wise Women Speak||2011||Documentary||Herself|
|Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel 2||2011||Documentary||Herself|
|What Ever Happened to Hip Hop?||2009||Documentary||Herself|
|Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People||2009||TV Mini-Series documentary||Herself, Writer and Activist|
|Number One with a Bullet||2008||Documentary||Herself|
|Say It Loud||2008||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|Legends Ball||2006||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|Def Poetry||2002-2005||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|An Evening with Nikki Giovanni||2005||TV Movie||Herself - Interviewee|
|The History Makers||2005||Video documentary||Herself|
|Furious Flower: A Video Anthology of African American Poetry 1960-95||1998||Video documentary||Herself (Volume II: Warriors)|
|Tell About the South: Voices in Black and White||1998||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|27th NAACP Image Awards||1996||TV Special||Herself|
|Spirit to Spirit: The Poetry of Nikki Giovanni||1986||TV Movie||Herself|
|The Mike Douglas Show||1974-1975||TV Series||Herself - Poet / Activist|
|Chester Himes, Reflections||1972||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson||1972||TV Series||Herself|
|Black Journal||1969||TV Series||Herself|
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|1||On writing: If everybody became a poet the world would be much better. We would all read to each other.|
|2||On self-respect: Follow your image as far as you can no matter how useless you think it is. Push yourself.|
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