“Reading and writing were my survival tools.” 80 Books Later, This is the Story of Nikki Grimes

When I asked Nikki Grimes if she had a sense of permission to create as a child, she replied, “It wasn’t a question of permission, I was compelled. I was in and out of foster care, yet there were things I needed to say.” Writing, poetry, and visual arts were her way of doing that. Nikki is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 80 books. In our conversation, we discuss the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded creators, of finding your own creative path, dealing with rejection and compromise, and filling your life with creativity. It is an honor to have spoken with her, her wisdom is just awe inspiring.

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You can find Nikki in the following places:

Her books on Amazon
Her memoir, Ordinary Hazards