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Meet the Writers
Author, poet and activist Nikki Giovanni is the author of several acclaimed works, including more than fourteen volumes of poetry, and the children's book, Rosa, about the legacy of Rosa Parks. A Professor of English at Virginia Tech, Giovanni is also a three-time NAACP Image Award winner. In our interview, Giovanni discusses her "Thug Life" tattoo, which she sports to honor slain rapper Tupac Shakur. "I'd rather be with the thugs than the people who are complaining about them, for sure," she explains.