Ahead of the reading, Giovanni will be a guest speaker at the 12th Night Revel, the fundraising event for Rose Library, which houses archives, documents and other records.
Giovanni is no stranger to college campuses — she is a professor herself. After starting her English teaching career at Virginia Tech in 1989, she became a university distinguished professor a decade later. That came after stints instructing at Rutgers University and Ohio State University.
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Her origins are in poetry that primarily focuses on gender and race. Beginning with 1968’s “Black Feeling, Black Talk,” the Fisk University graduate has published numerous poetry collections — including those for children — essays, conversations and recordings. Among the audio, “The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection” earned a Grammy nomination for best spoken word album. Giovanni’s recent works include 2013’s poetry collection “Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid” and the children’s poetry collection “I Am Loved,” released in 2018.
Free poetry reading by Nikki Giovanni
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, February 22
Emory University Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts: 1700 N Decatur Road NE, Atlanta