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Newly released!

Standing in the Need of Prayer 

Release Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020  

Edited by Nikki Giovanni

It is an honor to have been asked to design and illustrate this collection of poems. Nikki Giovanni’s new collection focuses on the vulnerability of African-American males. Contributors include poets Jordan “Dxtr Spits” Holmes and 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner, Jericho Brown. The book’s title, borrowed from the African-American hymn, is a desperate battle cry for justice.


The poems tell stories that depict the frustration, fear, and injustice African Americans face every day. Standing in the Need of Prayer invites readers to feel how racism and injustice continually deprive a huge portion of Americans of a sense of personal safety that others take for granted.

About the Cover

Last year, when I worked with Nikki Giovanni to create the book cover, our concept seemed daring. In fact, her publisher wouldn't put the art on the cover. Nikki stuck to her approach and decided to self publish. Unfortunately, 2020 arrived and the cover no longer seems daring. 


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Keeping an eye out for the perfect piece to add color and personality to your space?

Browse the gallery. You'll find a variety of watercolor styles as well as her unique Wall Poems that feature text in the work. 

Bare walls and a teeny budget? Calvo works to make her originals affordable and she's open to discussing your budget. 

Catch an exhibition. Past highlights include France at the Fontenay le Comte Civic Center, August House Gallery, and the Harold Washington Public Library in Chicago.

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Calvo also offers high-quality prints in a variety of sizes for a fraction of the cost of originals.  

"What beautiful work you have done. I have always been happy to be a writer, but your interpretations

have made me so proud to have been able to share with you. I love your illustrations..."

                                                 --Nikki Giovanni, Poet

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