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Nikki Giovanni

Poet, Educator & Best-Selling Author

Nikki Giovanni is a world – renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past 30 years, the outspoken nature of her writing and speaking has br ought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a…

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Nikki Giovanni is a world – renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past 30 years, the outspoken nature of her writing and speaking has br ought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” The Academy of American Poets voted Giovanni #1 poet for the s pring of 2007. G iovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality.

Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the b lack community. Her focus is on the indi vidual — specifically, the power one has to make a difference in oneself and in the lives of others.

Ms.Giovanni has written more than two dozen books, including volumes of poetry, illustrated children’s books, and three collections of essays. Her book Racism 101 includes bold, controversial essays about the situation of Americans on all sides of various race issues. She has received 21 honorary doctorates and a h ost of other awards, including Woman of the Year titles from three different magazines and the Gove rnors’ Awards in the Arts from both Tennessee and Virginia. Rosa , her biography of legendary civil r ights activist Rosa Parks, won Caldecott Honors and the Coretta Scott King Medal for best illustrated book. Other books include the collection of adult poet ry Acolytes and the novel On My Journey Now: Looking at African American History T hrough the Spiritual s . Three of her volumes of poetry — Love Poems , Blues: For All the Changes , and Quilting the Black – Eyed Pea — were w inners of the NAACP Image Award in 1998, 2 000, and 2003. Her newly released collection, Bicycles: Love Poems , has been called one of her “most powerful offerings to date” by Essence magazine . Since 1987, Nikki Giovanni has taught writing and literature at Virginia Tech, where she is a d istinguishe d p rofessor.

As a devoted and passionate writer, teacher, and speaker, she inspires not only her students but also readers and audiences nationwide. Her album Truth Is on Its Way , i n which she reads her poetry against a background of gospel music, was a to p 100 album and was named Best Spoken Word Album by the National Association of Radio and Television Announcers. The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection , a spoken – word CD, was a finalist for the 2003 Grammy Award in the category of spoken word.

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  • An Evening of Poetry, Love, and Enlightenment
    Acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni shares her eloquent words of wisdom, spanning the civil rights movement, politics, love, art, and more. Discussing the ideals of equality in her dramatic oratory, she shares the experiences and thoughtful poetry that embody her activism and legacy of passion for the arts.
  • Breaking the Silence: The Poetry of Cancer Survival
    Cancer survivors, their family members, friends, and caretakers will find comfort in the inspirational survival stories shared by Nikki Giovanni. Covering every facet of the disease, she addresses complex issues, helping to heal the mind, body, and spirit and seeking to lighten the burden that all cancer survivors and those who care for them must bear.

 

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