Nikki Giovanni once said, “I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try.” This means that in life it is more important to try and to take chances then succeeding and that you shouldn’t worry about failing. Giovanni is of the most accomplished African American female poet. Nikki Giovanni has written many poems. She has also won many awards for her poems. Giovanni, born in Knoxville Tennessee, was influenced by her time period, where African Americans had to fight for their rights and push for the best in life.
Giovanni was on June 7th 1933 in Knoxville Tennessee. Giovanni spent most of her child hood living in Lincoln Heights Ohio, but she also spent some of her child hood living with her grandparents living back in Tennessee. Giovanni attended Fisk University; here Giovanni received her bachelor’s degree in history. Giovanni also attended Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. In some of Giovanni's poems she uses food to represent life in Knoxville. Also in much of her poems she uses here happy childhood as a theme.
In 1969 Nikki Giovanni gave birth to her son Thomas. Also in that same year Giovanni accepted her first teaching position at Rutgers University. Later on in Giovanni’s life, she took
another teaching job at Virginia Polytechnic Institution. Throughout Giovanni’s poetry career, she has won many prestigious awards. These awards consist of the Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts grant, a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People nomination for Woman of the Year the Langston Hughes Award. There are also many other awards she has won. Giovanni is one of the most respected female African American poets in the United States.
Giovanni was born in 1933. Growing up Giovanni had a very happy childhood, despite the hard upbringing of being African American. Throughout...