This information is from Nikki Giovanni, by Virginia C. Fowler (New York: Twayne, 1992), pp.
Yolande Cornelia Giovanni, Jr., born June 7 in Knoxville, Tennessee, second child of
Yolande and Jones Giovanni; family moves to Cincinnati, Ohio, in August.
Moves to Knoxville to live with maternal grandparents, Emma Louvenia and John
Brown Watson; attends Austin High School.
Enrolls as an early entrant in Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee.
Grandfather Watson dies; dismissed from Fisk University in February; returns to
Cincinnati; works at Walgreen's and takes occasional classes at University of
Reenters Fisk University.
Assistant in John O. Killens's writers' workshop at Fisk University.
Receives bachelor of arts, Fisk University; Grandmother Watson dies; organizes first
Cincinnati Black Arts Festival; managing editor of Conversation; attends Detroit
Conference of Unity and Art; enters University of Pennsylvania's School of Social
Work with a Ford Foundation fellowship.
Attends funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr.; moves to New York City; receives grant
from National Foundation of the Arts to attend Columbia University's School of Fine
Arts; publishes Black Feeling, Black Talk.
Publishes Black Judgement with grant received from Harlem Council of the Arts;
gives birth to son, Thomas Watson Giovanni, on August 31; teaches at Queens College
and at Rutgers University.
Establishes NikTom, Ltd., a communications company; edits and publishes Night
Comes Softly, an anthology of poetry by black women; publishes Black Feeling,
Black Talk/Black Judgement, Re: Creation, and "Poem of Angela Yvonne Davis.''
Truth Is On Its Way (record) released; receives Highest Achievement Award trom
Mademoiselle magazine; travels in Europe and Africa; tapes video with James Baldwin
in London; publishes Gemini (autobiographical essays) and Spin A Soft Black Song
Helps finance, serves as editorial consultant to, and writes regularly for Encore
American & Worldwide News; gives frequent lectures/poetry readings throughout the.
country, in some years, as many as 200.
Truth receives NATRA's (National Association of Radio and Television Announcers)
Award for Best Spoken Word Album; interviews Margaret Walker in Jackson,
Mississippi; gives poetry recital at Lincoln Center; publishes My House and A
Dialogue: James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni.
Gives poetry recital at New York's Philharmonic Hall; receives one of eight Women of
the Year awards from the Ladies' Home Journal at Washington's Kennedy Center;
visits Africa on a lecture tour sponsored by the Department of State; My House
receives commendation from the American Library Association as one of the best
books of 1973; is given Life Membership and Scroll by The National Council of Negro
Women; publishes Ego Tripping and Other Poems for Young Readers; releases
Like A Ripple On A Pond (record).
Publishes A Poetic Equation: Conversations Between Nikki Giovanni and
Margaret Walker; receives honorary doctorate of humanities from Wilberforce
University, Wilberforce, Ohio.
Publishes The Women and the Men; releases The Way I Feel (record).
Receives Honorary Doctorate of Literature trom Ripon University, Ripon, Wisconsin;
releases Legacies and The Reason I Like Chocolate (records).
Receives honorary doctorate of literature trom the University of Maryland, Princess
Publishes Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day; releases record of Cotton Candy on a
Rainy Day; receives honorary doctorate of literature from Smith College, Northampton,
Massachusetts; father has a stroke; moves with son back to Cincinnati.
Makes her home with her parents; shoulders extensive domestic and financial
responsibilities for her family.
Publishes Vacation Time (children's poetry); named an honorary commissioner for the
President's Commission on the International Year of the Child.
Publishes Those Who Ride The Night Winds; named YWCA Woman of the Year
Visiting Professor of English, Ohio State University, Columbus; her opposition to boycott
of South Africa leads to her being blacklisted by TransAfrica and subsequently to bomb
and death threats.
Professor of Creative Writing, College of Mount Saint Joseph on-the-Ohio.
Receives honorary doctorate of human letters from the College of Mount Saint Joseph;
named to the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame; named Outstanding Woman of Tennessee;
makes European lecture tour for USIA (United States Information Agency).
Receives the Post-Corbett Award (Cincinnati Post); Detroit City Council gives her its
Distinguished Recognition Award; serves as Duncanson Artist-in-Residence at the Taft
Museum of Cincinnati.
Commonwealth Visiting Professor of English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
Spirit 'To Spirit: T'he Poetry of Nikki Giovanni (PBS film); performs A Signal in
the Land with the Johnson City Symphony orchestra; serves as judge for the Robert F.
Kennedy Memorial Book Award; appointed to a three- year term on the Ohio
Publishes Sacred Cows . . . And Other Edibles (essays); named a Cincinnati
bi-Centennial honoree; Spirit To Spirit receives Silver Apple Award from Oakland
Museum Film Festival; Sacred Cows receives the Ohioana Library Award; Vacation
Time receives the Children's Reading Roundtable of Chicago Award; receives honorary
doctorate of humanities from Fisk University.
Accepts permanent position as Professor of English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
Receives honorary doctorate of humane letters from Indiana University, Gary Campus.
Receives honorary doctorate of humane letters from Otterbein College, Westerville,