airbrush_202007202235213855718197452712189.jpgNikki Skies is an accomplished poet/author, playwright, dramaturg and actor. 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 announced as the 2022-2023 New Play Development Apprentice for Working Title Playwrights, a new play incubator and service organization based in Atlanta.

For television, Skies was cast as a co-star for the late John Singleton’s television drama, “Rebel”. She was also served as the creative writer for the drama and for the 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 portrayed Black Panther and activist, the late Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, was commissioned as a fundraising event for Morehouse College. In addition to lengthy experience in theatre as an actor, director, and playwright, her latest play, Seasons is Her Name, debuted at the 2022 Mid American Theatre Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2017, her play, Hope’s Return, had its debut at the esteemed National Black Theatre Festival as a part of the New Works Reader’s Theatre among a national selection of over 400 plays. More recently, Skies portrayed Aunt Ester in August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at the University of Georgia and has been commissioned to write an educational play on Black women mathematicians through the RISE grant in collaboration with University of South Carolina at Beaufort faculty.

A firm believer in the power of education, the Grambling State University alumna (B. A. in Theatre/Acting), studied in the Masters Film program for Screenplay Writing at Howard University, received a M.A. in Africana Women’s Studies from Clark Atlanta University, and is currently a doctoral student in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Georgia where she recently matriculated with a graduate certificate in African American Studies .  Her research focuses on the creative production of Black women, in particular the works of Black women dramatists and how they create meaning in black feminist thought through monologues.

Skies was recently rewarded recognition with the Lee Roy B. Giles Encouragement Award for her developing scholarship in Performance Studies. She was also a previous Dana Arts Fellow integrating literary arts 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. The Town Dance, Skies dramatic debut fiction novel, is current curriculum in Purdue University’s Women Gender and Sexuality Studies Department.

She is the author of a collection of short stories entitled, Mississippi Window Cracks, two books of poetry and prose, Pocket Honey, Wind & Hips and yardwork and is the creator and editor for She Chronicles, an annual celebratory collection of literary works by and about women. Skies is currently adjunct faculty at Spelman College in the Arts and Visual Culture Department. For booking inquiries email to

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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.

    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 –> I look forward to doing the great One’s work with you someday soon, beautiful! Much peace & love always!

  9. Wow. You’re amazing. Only read a bit here but will definitely return.
    Based on what you write, I’m amazed you liked one of mine. Bows to your talent Ms Skies 🙏

    I’m Antony.

  10. 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,,,

  11. 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…

    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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. Thanks for stopping by and liking ‘The Road’. I am impressed with your credentials! You have a wonderful site!

  19. 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 🙂

  20. 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 🙂

  21. 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. ❤

  22. 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!

  23. Thank you for liking my poetry and following my blog on WordMusic. Coming from such an amazingly talented person, it is a great compliment.

    Brent Kincaid

  24. 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,

  25. Very impressive, and Nikki–you have a most delightful laughing smile, so inviting. Sending up prayers for you and your nieces, auntie–bless you!

  26. Hello Nikki, the title of your book “Mississippi Window Cracks”, among other things here on your blog, got my attention. Mississippi is a state that is near and dear to my heart. Yours is a must follow blog for me.

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