Black Feeling, Black Talk (Giovanni’s first collection of poems) and Black Judgement (in which “Knoxville, Tennessee” was published) were combined into one book called Black Feeling, Black Talk / Black Judgement in 1970 by the William Morrow Company.
In 1994, the poem “Knoxville, Tennessee” was adapted to a children’s book of the same title as the poem, with original illustrations by Larry Johnson. Knoxville, Tennessee is published by Scholastic, Inc.
Written around the same time that “Knoxville, Tennessee” was published, Giovanni’s book Gemini bears the subtitle “An Extended Autobiographical Statement on My First Twenty- Five Years of Being a Black Poet.” In it, she describes her life and the state of race relations in America at the time and clearly outlines her views of both. This book was published in 1971 by the Bobbs-Merrill Company.
Poet Gwendolyn Brooks has praised Giovanni’s poetry. Many of Brooks’s best works can be found in her Selected Poems, published in 1999 by HarperCollins.
In 1971, author James Baldwin appeared with Giovanni on a British television program. Their conversation, with slight editing, was transcribed into a book called A Dialogue: James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni. It was published in 1973 by J. B. Lippincott Company.
In 1972 and 1973, Giovanni had a series of conversations with esteemed African- American poet Margaret Walker. Their talks were taped, transcribed, and printed in the book A Poetic Equation: Conversations between Nikki Giovanni and Margaret Walker. This book was published in 1974 by Howard University Press.
Giovanni wrote the introduction for The Rose That Grew from Concrete, a posthumous collection of poems by recording artist Tupac Shakur written between 1989 and 1991, before he became famous. It was published in 1999 by MTV Books.
The sense of displacement and determination that appears in Giovanni’s powerful work from the 1960s is evident in the poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye, a Palestinian American living in Texas. Her poems can be found in Words under the Words: Selected Poems, which was published in 1995 by Eighth Mountain Press.
One of the most distinctive African-American voices of 1960s literature was that of Amiri Baraka, the poet who formerly went by the name Leroi Jones. His forty-year career as a poet, essayist, playwright, and fiction writer is surveyed in The Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader, published in 1999 by Thunder’s Mouth Press.
Giovanni’s Racism 101 (1985) is a collection of essays she has written concerning what it is like to be a “Black American.” These essays discuss a wide-range of topics and give a good perspective on Giovanni’s personal feelings about race and race relations in America.
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