Bio

 

windowwithfistEDIT2Nikki Skies is an accomplished poet, award winning playwright, actor and author living in Atlanta, GA.  She is best known for her fiery performances as a featured poet in venues across the country opening for the likes of Sonia Sanchez, Gloria Steinem and the late Amiri Baraka.  Skies was recently cast as a co-star for John Singleton’s new television drama, “Rebel” on BET.  She also writes the poetry for the series and for BET’s digital series, “Rebel Yell.”

Skies has been featured nationally on BET’s spoken word show, Lyric Café and was the narrator for The Lucille Bluford Story on PBS Television.  In theatre, Skies’ one woman show in which she portrays the late Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, was commissioned as a fundraising event for the historical colleges of Morehouse and Spelman.  Her latest play, Hope’s Return, debuted at the esteemed National Black Theatre Festival as a part of the New Works Reader’s Theatre among a selective 40 other playwrights.

As a speaker, she has traveled across the country to participate in panel discussions, facilitate workshops, and act as a keynote speaker on varied topics.  Often, her discussions are about, but not limited to, the absence of feminine art in curriculum and community, beauty standards and race relations between African American and Caucasian women and the feminine contribution to the Black Arts Movement.

A firm believer in the power of education, the Grambling State University alumna(Theatre/Acting), who also studied for her Masters at Howard University(Film/Screenplay Writing), uses her art as a teaching tool to encourage students to take an interest in literacy.  Skies was chosen as a Dana Arts Fellow and integrated art with lesson planning in rural Alabama elementary schools.  Her poem, One Day White Woman, has been used as curriculum in the Oakland’s Women Prison System, Orange County middle schools in California, and for the multicultural/diversity lyceum programming at San Diego State University.

She is the author of a collection of short stories entitled, Mississippi Window Cracks and two books of poetry and prose, Pocket Honey, Wind & Hips and yardwork.  Skies dramatic debut fiction novel, The Town Dance, tackles the topic of same gender sexual assault.  Skies is also the creator and editor for She Chronicles, an annual celebratory collection of literary works by and about women and a comedic ebook, Grace in Retail.

For booking inquiries email to nikkiskies@yahoo.com

(Photo Credit-Kim Roseberry)
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95 thoughts on “Bio”

  1. Thanks for following my blog. It brought me to your site and I LOVE it. I am now following you everywhere I can so I won’t miss out on any post.
    Keep doing what you’re doing because you’re doing us proud!

  2. Hi Nikki – Thank you for following my blog. You’ve got such an impressive resume! I’m very happy to meet someone who is even further along the journey of living a creative life than I am. I look forward to reading and learning more about the tremendous work that you’re doing.

    1. Shery, thanks for the follow back! You have some amazing poetry on your blog. I enjoyed reading your posts the other day. Next month I’m hosting guest poetry posts, if you are interested please let me know. As writers we have to continue to grow our readers and connect with other writers.

  3. Hello Nikki, I’m fairly new to the writing genre and I’m discovering my ever expanding creativity side, while enjoying the 2nd chapter of the my life.

    I love your site and books. I will follow your journey. Continue writing, as I hope to one day catch one of your poetry readings.

  4. Hello Nikki, it is a pleasure to meet you, and a honor to have someone with your credentials follow my blog. I will be returning soon to explore your creativity. Blessings and peace!

  5. What a pleasure it has been for me discovering you and your blog, Nikki. Thanks for following my blog and for reading my posts. I love the poetry featured here so much. Your new follower.

  6. I am truly humble by the recent follow of my blog page. And, I look forward to to continue post on your blog page as you reveal the passion within to share with all in the universe. Continue blessings on the journey of sharing your unique creative gifts with the universe.

    With Love& Light

  7. Hi Nikki

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I am glad you liked my poetry. As a newbie poet, I am very appreciative of the support of fellow poets/writers and bloggers. And here I come to yours and find a kindred spirit! Wonderful.

    I have written also on race/class issues on my blog. You may find the following posts interesting.

    https://poonamallee.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/every-generation-needs-a-selma/
    https://poonamallee.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/difficult-conversations-trust-and-experience-gaps-a-learning-moment/
    https://poonamallee.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/yoga-is-colorblind-but-yoga-industry-is-not/
    https://poonamallee.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/why-harry-potter-won-name-it-to-tame-it/
    https://poonamallee.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/skin-whitening-round-and-round-we-go/

    Of course, please read and enjoy more of my poetry. Thanks again!

  8. Peace be upon you beautiful! Here I am blessed with the opportunity to share love, appreciation and recognition and it has brought me to your beautiful blog! It’s quite amazing what you’re doing here, my beloved spirit! I mean, you’re quite single- handedly doing the best job of displaying the power of what it means to live in spirit.

    The work you’ve done, the energy and blessings you’ve shared, all leading up to where you are right now, show the tremendous power of God, Himself! You’ve held many accolades in your life, I’m sure, so what I have to offer is not so much unique, as it is sincere and genuine. You are my kindred sistah in the spirit of love, honor and righteousness! In such times as we live, that is more than anything of material value I could dream of. It is priceless. A priceless bond that exists most presently and powerfully btw two simple WordPress blogs.

    Talk about the power of spirit. Be that as it may, the simplest and easiest way for me to share what’s in my heart without writing a novel on your page, is to offer you and this amazing blog/ website, a nomination for the Real Neat Blogger Award. If you choose to accept, the deets are here –> http://wp.me/p3Zjs6-Pw. I look forward to doing the great One’s work with you someday soon, beautiful! Much peace & love always!

  9. Hi Nikki! Thanks for following my “baby” blog,, I look forward to perusing your writings and learning about what you are sharing with the world! 😘 looks like you have been busy for a while!! Awesome,,,

  10. Nikki… First, let me tell you how honored I am that you dropped by ‘The Vision of Poets’. I have come to your site and have found myself lingering for far too long, wrapped in your words while time stands still. I apologize for the number of ‘likes’ you will find from me today, but… if I like it I’m going to tell the author of such works what I think about it. Your writing is magnificent and I plan on dwelling here often… hope you don’t mind.
    Hope your evening is most beautiful…
    Michael

    1. Michael, thank you so much for stopping by. I enjoyed your work as well and will be back to Vision of Poets! I appreciate your likes/acknowledgement of my work. Thank you so much!

  11. Thank you kindred woman spirit for following my blog. What an impressive cv you’ve got there. I’m the one who should feel honored. 🙂 I must check out some more of your work and support! I have something pending release near the end of May and would love to exchange reads and reviews if you care to. No pressure! I’m going to read yours whether you say yes or not. I am pleased to make the acquaintance. Thank you again!

  12. Nikki, I love your blog photo. You appear beautiful, colorful and appear to have a positive attitude and zest for life! I look forward to reading your blog. I love to write short stories many about my parents and three sisters but of late, have gotten caught up in the very addictive photo challenges. I am not photographer so hope to get back on track with my writing soon!

  13. Hi Nikki, thanks for liking my poem on ‘Reading Poetry in Bed’. I’ve been reading and enjoying your poems too – and still lots to explore. You seem to have an interesting and full life…x

  14. Nikki, thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. Some of my recent posts are responses to the Writing 101 blog prompt assignments. I had a lot of fun with them. I’ve been blogging since shortly before my father’s death in December. I really like to look of your blog site. It’s gorgeous. My site is fairly plain. But that just might change in the near future. I am currently working as a library tech at a local public library. After 37 years of active addiction, I have decided to finish my undergraduate degree and become a drug and alcohol counselor. You’ll notice that many of my ruminations on the blog are about sobriety. Thanks again for taking the time to check me out. God bless

    1. From the read of your blogs so far I have really enjoyed them. You just started? Wow! Well I’ll definitely keep stopping by your blog! The best of luck to you with pursuing your degree and please keep writing those inspiring posts! I love them!

  15. I’m just here reading your ‘About’ page and feeling honored to have you notice my blog and even follow me. I love your blog photo it tells a lot about your personality which I also like. I hope to tour the world and write books like you have done and be the voice of Africa someday. God Bless.

    1. You’re already traveling the world as a writer 🙂 As an artist, you are “time traveling”! DREAM BIG Sis, you got this 🙂 Let’s keep in touch through our blogs and thank you so much for stopping by!

  16. Very impressive and interesting Bio. Am so honored that you took time out to drop by my blog and even liking my blog post, I am amazed. Thank you so much Nikki and am looking forward to reading your post as well, from your bio I can tell its going to be an interesting read.

  17. Thanks for liking my Review of Dalliance! I liked Wisdom in Whispers. I guess in a way we’re all famous such as it is with social media.

    1. Thank you for sending new readers/writers. You are deserving of every award you receive because you are so supportive and inspirational! I thank you immensely 🙂

  18. Hello and thanks for the like and following my blog, I can’t wait to get started reading yours. This blog looks very rich, I love all the things you write about, and I’m intrigued by people who write poems. Blessings 🙂

  19. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my work. That’s what brought me here. But I must say, you’ve got an amazing blog. I love your description of yourself. Imma follow you now. Best of luck for your writing and everything that you do. ❤

  20. What an amazing bio! You make me want to get back to writing poetry. Didn’t realize till now how much I miss it. Congratulations and Kudos to you for all you do and all you have become!

  21. Dear Nikki Skies,

    Thank you for stopping by ‘Flies and Buddha’. I appreciate it.
    Plus, I’m glad I popped in here – it was only for a quick look around, but I ended up staying for a while, and now, my soul is delightfully fuller.

    Kindest regards,
    Nyambura

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