Nikki Giovanni

Poet Nikki Giovanni to close Greensboro’s First Literary Festival in Event at N.C. A&T

GREENSBORO, N.C. (May 7, 2018) – To close out the first Greensboro Bound Literary Festival, the committee has called on acclaimed poet and children’s author Nikki Giovanni to deliver the keynote message in Harrison Auditorium at North Carolina A&T State University.

Her talk is scheduled for Sunday, May 20, beginning at 6 p.m.

Giovanni has authored numerous children’s books and poetry collections including, “Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid,” “Bicycles: Love Poems,” “Acolytes” and “Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni,” among others. Her publications date back to the late 1960s with her first poetry collections – “Black Feeling, Black Talk” and “Black Judgement.”

Over the course of her career, Giovanni has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rev. Martin L. King Jr. Award for Dedication and Commitment to Service, multiple NAACP Image Awards for Literature, the Langston Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts and Letters and more than 20 honorary degrees from colleges and universities across the United States. Giovanni was the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award and has also been named Woman of the Year for such publications as Essence, Ebony, Mademoiselle and Ladies Home Journal.

The three-day festival includes more than 70 authors, poets and spoken word artists in talks, performances and craft workshops. All events are free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the event featuring Giovanni and can be reserved via EventBrite on the Greensboro Bound website or picked up at Scuppernong Books at 304 S. Elm St., in Downtown Greensboro.