"It was the eighties in New York City and every street corner and radio station was saturated with the exclamations, nay the proclamations, of boys being bad. I took Nikki’s poems and held them in my mouth like hidden pieces of fruit. I whispered them to myself as I glared and pouted and snarled and puffed at no one in particular. I tried on being bad.”
-Nadxieli Nieto on Nikki Giovanni
12 writers on the women authors who inspired them from Literary Mothers, a project on female literary influence.