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Biography of Nikki Giovanni

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  1. 1. Nikki Giovanni
  2. 2. Quick Biography <ul><li>Real name- Yolande Cornelia, known as Nikki Giovanni </li></ul><ul><li>Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943 </li></ul><ul><li>Grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>Poet, writer, and teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Since 1987, Nikki was a professor in Virginia Tech </li></ul><ul><li>Famous for her love poems, life, and children poems </li></ul>
  3. 3. Awards <ul><li>1985- The Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame Outstanding Woman of Tennessee </li></ul><ul><li>1994- Tennessee Writer’s Award, The Nashville Banner </li></ul><ul><li>1998- NAACP Image award for love poems </li></ul><ul><li>1998-Inviteed guest to the White House </li></ul><ul><li>1999- Voted Ohio’s favorite Author of poetry </li></ul>
  4. 4. ….continuing… <ul><li>2000- Virginia Governor's Awards for the Arts </li></ul><ul><li>2002- The Shero Award for Lifetime Achievement </li></ul><ul><li>2003- Name one of the “History Makers” </li></ul><ul><li>2004- Nominated for a Best Spoken Word Grammy in the 46 th Annual Grammy Awards (“The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection) </li></ul><ul><li>And many others…. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Most Famous Poems <ul><li>One of the most famous poems is Ego Tripping </li></ul><ul><li>Knoxville Tennessee </li></ul><ul><li>Nikki-Rosa </li></ul><ul><li>All Eyes On You </li></ul><ul><li>Black Judgment </li></ul><ul><li>My House </li></ul><ul><li>Cotton Candy On a Rainy Day </li></ul>
  6. 6. Famous Children Poems <ul><li>The Sun Is So Quiet </li></ul><ul><li>Knoxville, Tennessee </li></ul><ul><li>The Genie in The Jar </li></ul><ul><li>Hip Hop Speaks to Children </li></ul><ul><li>The Grasshopper’s Song </li></ul>
  7. 7. Inspiration <ul><li>The “Ego Tripping” and the “All Eyes On You” were inspired and written in the memory of Tupac Shakur and referring to his album All Eyes On Me (Jan McDaniel) </li></ul><ul><li>Her writing is based on facts that she has experienced to some point. </li></ul><ul><li>When interviewed and asked the “Who or what inspired you to write?” by Scholastic, her answer was “I’m just totally fascinated by people.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Little Facts <ul><li>Began writing since college </li></ul><ul><li>Had a great childhood and great parents </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote her first poem at about sixteen or seventeen. </li></ul>
  9. 9. …continuing.. <ul><li>Some of Giovanni’s poems are about love some talk about politics. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of her poems such as Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day , talk about life in the 1970’s when the Civil Rights were very shallow. (Virgina C. Powler) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why I choose Nikki Giovanni? <ul><li>Last year, I have read a few poems by Nikki Giovanni. I found her writing very interesting. That’s why I decided to read more of her poems. </li></ul>

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