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Employment History

Teacher
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Teaching Positions
Rutgers University

Teaching Positions
Queens College

Affiliations

Founder
NikTom , Ltd

Honorary Commissioner
President's Commission

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On August 31, 1969, Giovanni gave ...

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On August 31, 1969, Giovanni gave birth to her son, Thomas Watson Giovanni.

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At the time there were very few single mothers, and Giovanni remembers the reaction."They ...
After serving two teaching positions at Queens College and Rutgers University, Giovanni started NikTom, Ltd, a communications company, and edited an anthology of poetry by African-American women.Her writing was immensely popular, especially her spoken-word albums.Decades before the emergence of hip-hop and rap into popular culture, Giovanni was recording her poems with gospel choirs and other music.In 1972, Truth won NARTA's (National Association of Radio and Television Announcers) Award for Best Spoken Word Album.
Giovanni's career continued throughout the next three decades as she published volume after volume of her poetry and toured the country giving lectures.She has been given the Life Membership and Scroll by the National Council of Negro Women, named an honorary commissioner for the President's Commission on the International Year of the Child, and awarded with seven honorary doctorates.Awards and titles decorate her biographies, but Giovanni insists, "I was not that adventurous in life ...
Although her writing has admittedly softened since the years of her militant fight for civil rights, Giovanni does not shy away from conflict.In 1984, she was teaching English at The Ohio State University while receiving bomb and death threats for her opposition to the artist boycott of South Africa.Political organization TransAfrica blacklisted her, but Giovanni's career lived on; she toured Europe on a speaking tour the year after.
Giovanni currently teaches at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.She is a voice for all types of Americans -- she has been labeled an Appalachian writer and a Southern writer; she is a female poet and an African-American poet, a mother, a teacher, and a cancer survivor.Her early years as an activist gave voice to the pain and anger of an oppressed race, while her recent writing works through the emotions of our time and culture."You only have so much time," she says.


Ohio Reading Road Trip | Nikki Giovanni Biography

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On August 31, 1969, Giovanni gave birth to her son, Thomas Watson Giovanni.

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At the time there were very few single mothers, and Giovanni remembers the reaction. "They…said I was setting a bad example…. It was none of their business. I'm not a role model, and I've had big arguments with people about that. I just try to live my life and be a decent human being. She says that Thomas, who is now twenty-nine, made her look more closely at the "needs and interests of children. Since then, she has written six books for children, including the recent favorite, The Geni in the Jar.
After serving two teaching positions at Queens College and Rutgers University, Giovanni started NikTom, Ltd, a communications company, and edited an anthology of poetry by African-American women. Her writing was immensely popular, especially her spoken-word albums. Decades before the emergence of hip-hop and rap into popular culture, Giovanni was recording her poems with gospel choirs and other music. In 1972, Truth won NARTA's (National Association of Radio and Television Announcers) Award for Best Spoken Word Album.
Giovanni's career continued throughout the next three decades as she published volume after volume of her poetry and toured the country giving lectures. She has been given the Life Membership and Scroll by the National Council of Negro Women, named an honorary commissioner for the President's Commission on the International Year of the Child, and awarded with seven honorary doctorates. Awards and titles decorate her biographies, but Giovanni insists, "I was not that adventurous in life…I'd be the one standing in the corner writing down everything that happened."
Although her writing has admittedly softened since the years of her militant fight for civil rights, Giovanni does not shy away from conflict. In 1984, she was teaching English at The Ohio State University while receiving bomb and death threats for her opposition to the artist boycott of South Africa. Political organization TransAfrica blacklisted her, but Giovanni's career lived on; she toured Europe on a speaking tour the year after.
Giovanni currently teaches at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is a voice for all types of Americans -- she has been labeled an Appalachian writer and a Southern writer; she is a female poet and an African-American poet, a mother, a teacher, and a cancer survivor. Her early years as an activist gave voice to the pain and anger of an oppressed race, while her recent writing works through the emotions of our time and culture. "You only have so much time," she says.


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Both Giovanni's mother and sister died of lung cancer[5] and in 1995 Giovanni herself was diagnosed with the disease. She had surgery at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati[3] and eventually had a lung removed.[6] Giovanni gave up smoking after she was diagnosed, saying in 1996 that she now smokes in her dreams.[7] She also denies the fact that her cancer has made her a better person, adding that "if it takes a near-death experience for you to appreciate your life, you're wasting somebody's time."[7] In 1999, Giovanni said she would like to negotiate a truce with her cancer, stating that she'd "like an agreement that we will live together for another 30 years."[8] In 2005 Giovanni contributed an introduction to the book Breaking the Silence: Inspirational Stories of Black Cancer Survivors.[5]

Giovanni has been teaching writing and literature at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA since 1987, and is a Distinguished Professor of English. Giovanni taught the Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho in a poetry class. She described him as downright "mean" and, when she approached the department chair to have Cho taken out of her class, said she was willing to resign rather than continue teaching him.[9] She stated that, upon hearing of the shooting, she immediately suspected that Cho might be the shooter.[9] On April 17, 2007, at the Virginia Tech Convocation commemorating the April 16 Virginia Tech massacre, the university chose to have Giovanni closed the ceremony with o chant poem.
On August 21, 2007, The Tennessean reported that Giovanni is returning to her alma mater as a distinguished visiting professor at Fisk University.[10] As well as teaching a writers workshop for about thirty students one day a week, Giovanni also wants to hold a workshop for the general public in order to reach out to the community.[10] She will maintain her position at Virginia Tech.
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In 2004 Giovanni was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards for her album "The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection."


Giovanni then wrote poems for ...

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Giovanni then wrote poems for children throughout the next decade.

Those Who Ride the Night Winds (1983) acknowledged notable black figures.Giovanni collected her essays in the 1988 volume Sacred Cows ... and Other Edibles.Her three most recent works are Love Poems, Blues: For All the Changes, and Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea; Poems and Not Quite Poems.
She has been a professor of writing and literature at Virginia Tech since 1987, and continues to tour nationwide.
She is also fascinated by space and space travel.
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