Nikki Giovanni

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Nikki Giovanni is one of Oprah Winfrey’s “Twenty-five Living Legends.”The recipient of some twenty-five honorary degrees, she has been named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle, The Ladies Home Journal, and Ebony. She is the author of seventeen poetry collections, eleven children’s books and ten books of prose. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, she was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, but spent summers in Knoxville with her grandparents. Since 1997 she has taught at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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