New Release Books by Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni is the author of A Library (2022), Make Me Rain (2021), BLACK PANTHER: TALES OF WAKANDA (2021), Artemis 2021 (2021), I Am Loved (2018) and other 109 books.

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A Library

release date: Sep 27, 2022
A Library
In this lyrical picture book, world-renowned poet, New York Times bestselling author, and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Nikki Giovanni and fine artist Erin Robinson craft an ode to the magic of a library as a place not only for knowledge but also for imagination, exploration, and escape. In what other place can a child "sail their dreams" and "surf the rainbow" without ever leaving the room? This ode to libraries is a celebration for everyone who loves stories, from seasoned readers to those just learning to love words, and it will have kids and parents alike imagining where their library can take them. This inspiring read-aloud includes stunning illustrations and a note from Nikki Giovanni about the importance of libraries in her own childhood.

Make Me Rain

release date: Sep 28, 2021
Make Me Rain
One of America''s most celebrated poets challenges us with this powerful and deeply personal collection of verse that speaks to the injustices of society while illuminating the depths of her own heart. For more than fifty years, Nikki Giovanni''s poetry has dazzled and inspired readers. As sharp and outspoken as ever, she returns with this profound book of poetry in which she continues to call attention to injustice and racism, celebrate Black culture and Black lives, and give readers an unfiltered look into her own experiences. In Make Me Rain, she celebrates her loved ones and unapologetically declares her pride in her Black heritage, while exploring the enduring impact of the twin sins of racism and white nationalism. Giovanni reaffirms her place as a uniquely vibrant and relevant American voice with poems such as "I Come from Athletes" and "Rainy Days"--calling out segregation and Donald Trump; as well as "Unloved (for Aunt Cleota)" and "When I Could No Longer"--her personal elegy for the relatives who saved her from an abusive home life. Stirring, provocative, and resonant, the poems in Make Me Rain pierce the heart and nourish the soul.

BLACK PANTHER: TALES OF WAKANDA

release date: Mar 09, 2021
BLACK PANTHER: TALES OF WAKANDA
A ground-breaking anthology celebrating Marvel’s beloved Black Panther and his home of Wakanda, penned by an all-star cast of authors such as Sheree Renée Thomas and Nikki Giovanni. T’Challa faces the gods of his parents. Vampires stalk Shuri and a Dora Milaje in voodoo-laced New Orleans. Erik Killmonger grapples with racism, Russian spies, and his own origins. Eighteen brand-new tales of Wakanda, its people, and its legacy. The first mainstream superhero of African descent, the Black Panther has attracted readers of all races and colors who see in the King of Wakanda reflections of themselves. Storytellers from across the African Diaspora—some already literary legends, others who are rising stars—have created for this collection original works inspired by the world of the Panther and its inhabitants. With guest stars including Storm, Monica Rambeau, Namor, and Jericho Drumm, these are stories of yesterday and today, of science and magic, of faith and love. These are the tales of a king and his country. These are the legends whispered in the jungle, myths of the unconquered men and women and the land they love. These are the Tales of Wakanda. Featuring stories by Linda D. Addison, Maurice Broaddus, Christopher Chambers, Milton J. Davis, Tananarive Due, Nikki Giovanni, Harlan James, Danian Jerry, Kyoko M., L.L. McKinney, Temi Oh, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Glenn Parris, Alex Simmons, Sheree Renée Thomas, Cadwell Turnbull and Troy L. Wiggins.

Artemis 2021

release date: Jun 24, 2021
Artemis 2021
Artemis Journal is one of the few journals in America that blends art, poetry, and prose throughout its pages. Likewise, it remains one of the few journals that publish fledgling writers and artists alongside prominent writers such as Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Poet Laureates, Luisa Igloria, Ron Smith, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, U.S. Poet Laureates, Rita Dove, Natasha Trethewey, as well as prominent artists such as Donna Polseno, Betty Branch, and Bill White. Artemis Journal is a charitable non-profit organization, now 44 years old, and has evolved to be an all-inclusive journal with essays, poetry, and art. 15% of our earnings are donated to a women''s shelter for abused women in Southwest Virginia.

I Am Loved

release date: Jan 09, 2018
I Am Loved
Newbery Award honoree Ashley Bryan has hand-selected a dozen of National Book Award winner Nikki Giovanni’s poems to illustrate with his inimitable flourish. There is nothing more important to a child than to feel loved, and this gorgeous gathering of poems written by Nikki Giovanni celebrates exactly that. Hand-selected by Newbery honoree Ashley Bryan, he has, with his masterful flourish of color, shape, and movement, added a visual layering that drums the most impartant message of all to young, old, parent, child, grandparent, and friend alike: You are loved. You are loved. You are loved. As a bonus, one page is mirrored, so children reading the book can see exactly who is loved—themselves!

Standing in the Need of Prayer

release date: Sep 09, 2020
Standing in the Need of Prayer
Borrowing the title of a traditional African American hymn, Standing in the Need of Prayer poetically describes the vulnerability of black men and the ongoing injustice they encounter in America. Noted poet, Nikki Giovanni speaks to participants of the Million Man March, Tupac''s mother, and expresses her own trepidation felt in response to late-night callers who may or may not be the bearers of tragic news. Her writings are bookended with poems by DXTR Spits (Jordan Holmes) as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Jericho Brown. Illustrator, Emily Thornton Calvo punctuates each poem with art that depicts the anger and frustration as well as the constant concern felt by those who love them. Standing in the Need of Prayer is critical to those who care about understanding the position of others who live under the weight of systemic racism--and a call for prayers to protect them.

Abstract Life

release date: Jan 06, 2018
Abstract Life
Abstract Art theme journal for writing, drawing, and more. Black and white interior and blank numbered pages, no lines. For art ideas and more. The Abstract cover art was designed by the author using original artwork; a piece created by Abstract Artist DBA, Nikki Giovanni Huff. (c)Journals by Nik

Tattoo Life

release date: Jan 06, 2018
Tattoo Life
Tattoo theme journal for writing. Tattoo theme cover with a black and white interior and blank numbered pages, no lines. For writing, note taking and more. (c)Journals by Nik

Diva Queen

release date: Jan 06, 2018
Diva Queen
Diva theme journal for writing. Diva theme rainbow cover with a black and white interior and blank numbered pages, no lines. For thoughts, ideas, and more. (c)Journals by Nik

Melanin Poppin

release date: Jan 05, 2018
Melanin Poppin
Melanin Poppin theme journal for writing. Melanin Poppin theme cover with a black and white interior and blank numbered pages, no lines. For writing, note taking and more. (c)Journals by Nik

Chasing Utopia

release date: Oct 29, 2013
Chasing Utopia
From one of America’s most celebrated poets, Nikki Giovanni, comes this poignant collection of poetry that celebrates the simple pleasures of everyday life and the bonds we share with those closest to us. “This slim volume delights on every page. There are stories, imaginings, whimsy, and startling images which prove the poet’s power and her command of language . . . Anyone with a love of language will be delighted with this book and the continuing publication of America’s treasured poet.”—San Francisco Book Review The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements and inspired songs, turned hearts and informed generations. She''s been hailed as a healer and as a national treasure. But Giovanni''s heart resides in the everyday, where family and lovers gather, friends commune, and those no longer with us are remembered. And at every gathering there is food—food as sustenance, food as aphrodisiac, food as memory. A pot of beans is flavored with her mother''s sighs—this sigh part cardamom, that one the essence of clove; a lover requests a banquet as an affirmation of ongoing passion; homage is paid to the most time-honored appetizer: soup. With Chasing Utopia, Giovanni demands that the prosaic—flowers, birdsong, winter—be seen as poetic, and reaffirms once again why she is as energetic, "remarkable" (Gwendolyn Brooks), "wonderful" (Marian Wright Edelman),"outspoken, prolific, energetic" (New York Times), and relevant as ever.

Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea

release date: Dec 28, 2010
Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea
A resonant, powerful collection from one of America’s preeminent poets. In Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea, Nikki Giovanni turns her pen to nature and the environment, the might and grace of women, her battle with cancer, the relationships between mothers and daughters, the state of the nation, and more.

The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni

release date: Oct 06, 2009
The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni
The complete early work of the renowned African-American poet. “Nikki Giovanni is one of our national treasures.”—Gloria Naylor This omnibus includes her first seven volumes of poetry from her early years, 1967 to 1983: Black Feeling Black Talk; Black Judgement; Re: Creation; My House; The Women and the Men; Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day; and Those Who Ride the Night Winds. A timeless classic, it is both a reflection of the changes in her own life and an evocation of a nation’s past and its present.

The Prosaic Soul of Nikki Giovanni

release date: Oct 06, 2009
The Prosaic Soul of Nikki Giovanni
This omnibus edition collects celebrated poet and activist Nikki Giovanni’s adult prose: Racism 101, Sacred Cows and Other Edibles and seven (7) selections from Gemini: An Extended Autobiographical Statement on My First Twenty-Five Years of Being a Black Poet, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 1971. Racism 101 (1994) contains essays that indict higher education for the inequities it perpetuates and contemplates the legacy of the 1960s. Giovanni gives searing commentary on Spike Lee and the making of Malcolm X, W.E.B. DuBois, affirmative action, President JFK and the state of urban schools. Racism 101 adds an important chapter to the debate on American national values. Sacred Cows and Other Edibles (1988) received the Ohioana Library Award. In it Nikki’s esays and articles take on the loftiness of higher education and personal major life crises. In Gemini (1971), Giovanni explores one of the most tumultuous periods in our history. Her essays take us from her childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, through her work in the Black revolution of the sixties, to her emergence as an acclaimed poet. Nikki interweaves warm recollections of her personal history with incisive vignettes of cultural and political history, including her often surprising opinions of Amiri Baraka, Angela Davis, Lena Horne, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown and others.

Bicycles

release date: Oct 06, 2009
Bicycles
In her legendary career, artist and activist Nikki Giovanni has established herself as a writer who can entertain and challenge, and a voice for social justice who can inform and inspire in times of national crisis. Controversial, revolutionary, ethereal, or illuminating, her poems about race, Black lives, violence, gender, and family move readers of all ages and backgrounds. With BICYCLES, she’s collected poems that serve as a companion to her 1997 LOVE POEMS. An instant classic, that book--romantic, bold, and erotic--expressed notions of love in ways that were delightfully unexpected. In the years that followed, Giovanni experienced losses both public and private. A mother’s passing, a sister’s, too. A massacre on the campus at which she teaches. And just when it seemed life was spinning out of control, Giovanni rediscovered love--what she calls the antidote. Here romantic love--and all its manifestations, the physical touch, the emotional pull, the hungry heart--is distilled as never before by one of our most talented poets. In a time of national crisis or personal crisis, this is a collection that will open minds and change hearts as only the best art can.

A Good Cry

release date: Oct 24, 2017
A Good Cry
One of America’s most celebrated poets looks inward in this powerful collection, a rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her. The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements, turned hearts and informed generations. She’s been hailed as a firebrand, a radical, a healer, and a sage; a wise and courageous voice who has spoken out on the sensitive issues, including race and gender, that touch our national consciousness. As energetic and relevant as ever, Nikki now offers us an intimate, affecting, and illuminating look at her personal history and the mysteries of her own heart. In A Good Cry, she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents’ marriage and her early life. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and joy: her grandparents, who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her. Nikki also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared before Angelou’s death in 2014.

Vacation Time

release date: Oct 06, 2009
Vacation Time
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Artemis 2017

release date: Apr 16, 2017
Artemis 2017
Artemis dedicates the 2017 issue to internationally acclaimed poet, Nikki Giovanni, for her courage and lifetime commitment to social justice. Like the goddess Artemis, Nikki Giovanni serves as a beacon to those of us who believe in the power of art to bring light into the world. We at Artemis think of Nikki Giovanni as godmother to this journal. From the 1980''s until today, she has given generously of her time and talent to nurture and support the work of artists and writers in her adopted home here in Southwest Virginia''s Blue Ridge Mountains. Artemis gives special thanks to the following for their support of this journal: Richard Dillard, Hollins University Professor of English and Editor of The Hollins Critic, for initiating an archival collection of Artemis Journals in 1977. Journals can be found in the Wyndham Robertson Library Special Collections Department. The Roanoke Arts Commission for awarding Artemis a generous grant that helped finance the Artemis 2016 Journal Launch. The Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art for graciously donating space at the Taubman Black Box Theater for the 2016 and 2017 Artemis Journal Launches. Like many non-profit cultural organizations, Artemis relies upon the passionate, committed few who give their expertise, time, and energy. After many successful years, Artemis took a 14-year hiatus. When it was resurrected in 2014, with the help of Maurice Ferguson and Virginia Lepley, we have been continually astonished by the response, and by the rich community of artists and writers Artemis is bringing together.

The Grasshopper's Song

release date: Jan 01, 2008
The Grasshopper's Song
Angry that his singing is unappreciated by the Ants who relied on his music to make their summer work easier, Jimmy Grasshopper decides to sue them for lacking respect and not acknowledging his usefulness in their lives. 35,000 first printing.

The Undergraduate

release date: Sep 14, 2014
The Undergraduate
This short and simple pocket guide is for the undergraduates of the world. There seems to be many unanswered questions for many college students. The author "Nik" is attempting to remedy this dilemma. The Undergraduate is a book filled with simple, realistic, acceptable, and unacceptable "tips" to assist with the undergrad years. The main focus of The Undergraduate is degree completion, and goal achievement. If you can maintain as an undergraduate with proper discipline, and support; you may have what it takes to make it to and through Graduate School.

Acolytes

release date: Jan 23, 2007
Acolytes
Startling and original, this new poetry collection covers such topics as RosaParks, Hurricane Katrina, and Emmett Till.

The Sun Is So Quiet

release date: May 02, 2014
The Sun Is So Quiet
The perfect meeting of two great talents, The Sun Is So Quiet combines the magical designs of Ashley Bryan with 13 poems composed by award-win ning author Nikki Giovanni. Two artists who love children, and snow, and snuggling under warm quilts, and c

The Millennium Toddlers' Alphabet Book

release date: Apr 27, 2014
The Millennium Toddlers' Alphabet Book
The Millennium Toddlers'' Alphabet Book was created for the new and improved toddlers. The 21st century (our society) is full of so many innovative and technological advancements that the regular alphabet books lack creativity and innovation. Nikki Giovanni, DBA (Nik) has come up with a new game plan. This book was created to assist toddlers (age 2+) with learning the alphabet. However, instead of common farm animals being used as aids; various things from society are used in this new millennium alphabet book. Every letter is accompanied by a millennium societal surprise. Nothing is more priceless than spending quality time with your toddler(s) while enjoying a good laugh. Change is always a good thing right? Read this book and see if you prefer Nik''s new and improved alphabet book.

On My Journey Now

release date: Jan 01, 2007
On My Journey Now
"Giovanni tells the story of Africans in America through the words of 46 spirituals."--From source other than the Library of Congress

The Complete Encyclopedia of African American History

release date: Jan 01, 2014
The Complete Encyclopedia of African American History
Details the important people, places, and events of the black struggle for freedom.

$7 Story: Nikki Giovanni & Glory Edim

release date: Apr 01, 2021
$7 Story: Nikki Giovanni & Glory Edim
An edited transcript of the far-ranging conversation between Nikki Giovanni and Glory Edim (Well-Red Black Girl) at the Well-Read Black Girl Festival in November 2020. In it they cover poetry, Jay-Z, Black Lives Matter, feminism, and much more. This conversation captures an important moment in time and literary legacy.
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