"Poetry: A New Conversation" - An Evening with Nikki Giovanni


Nikki Giovanni, one of the most acclaimed poets to emerge from the Civil Rights Era and Black Arts Movement, will visit the University of Kansas to present “Poetry: A New Conversation” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. A book signing and reception will follow immediately after, in addition to an open forum with students scheduled for noon Wednesday, April 5, at the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center. 

An Oprah Winfrey “living legend,” Giovanni's range is expansive and diverse in a career that spans 50 years with books for children and older adults, creative nonfiction and spoken word albums. In recent history, she’s also known for a poem she delivered following the Virginia Tech University shooting in 2007 that went viral. Her most recent publication is “Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid” (2013).

“For a lot of us, Nikki Giovanni’s passion, fearlessness in breaking the silence and speaking the truth became a model we needed. She took poetry to new heights with a voice that has never wavered,” said Maryemma Graham, University Distinguished Professor of English and director of the Project on the History of Black Writing at KU. “As her title says, we do need to have a new conversation, one with fearless truth. Students who don't know her now will definitely take away a powerful message from this visit.”





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Presented by the Project on the History of Black Writing in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Hall Center for the Humanities, Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and its Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Office of First-Year Experience, Spencer Museum of Art, Department of English, Department of African & African-American Studies, Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost and KU Bookstore. 

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