Nikki 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. For television, Skies was cast as a co-star for the late John Singleton’s television drama, “Rebel” on BET. She was also the creative writer for the drama 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 portrayed 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, Hope’s Return, debuted 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.
A firm believer in the power of education, the Grambling State University alumna (Theatre/Acting), also studied in the Masters Film program for Screenplay Writing at Howard University and currently studies at Clark Atlanta University in Africana Women’s Studies. Her research revolves around the restorative tenets of dramatic monologues in the contemporary works of southern black feminist playwrights. Skies has previously worked as a Dana Arts Fellow integrating literary 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. 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 Arts and Visual Culture and the 2019-2020 Playwright-In-Residence at Orange Box Theater.
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