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Poet Nikki Giovanni to Speak at Frostburg State University
04/23/2004

Acclaimed American poet, essayist and lecturer Nikki Giovanni will speak at Frostburg State University on Wednesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Lane University Center Manicur Assembly Hall. Her talk, which is sponsored by the FSU Black Student Alliance, is free and open to the public.

Over the past 25 years, Giovanni's outspokenness, in her writing and in person, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of our most widely read American poets; she prides herself on being "A black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English."

Despite the dramatic changes that have occurred in American society since she roared out of the Black Arts Movement, Giovanni remains determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality in education. Always insistent on presenting the truth, Giovanni maintains her prominent place as a strong voice of the black community through her poetry and prose. Since 1968, she has inspired readers and critics and has established herself as a best-selling poet, author and essayist.

She has published nearly 20 books, including "Black Feeling," "Black Talk/Black Judgment," "The Women and the Men," "Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day," "Those Who Ride the Night Winds" and "Sacred Cows and Other Edibles." Her book, "Racism 101," includes bold, controversial essays about the situation of Americans on all sides of the race issue, and "Blues: For All the Changes" made the Los Angeles Times Bestseller list. It marked the first time a poet has ever been listed. Her newest works, “The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998” and “The Prosaic Soul of Nikki Giovanni,” were released at the end of 2003.

"The Love Poems of Nikki Giovanni" was awarded the NAACP Image Award for 1998, and "Blues: For All the Changes" received the same award for 2000. The self-narrated CD "The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection” was nominated for a Spoken Word Grammy for the 2004 awards.

She has taught writing, poetry and literature at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University since 1987, where she was named a University Distinguished Professor.

For more information, contact the FSU Diversity Center at (301) 687-4050. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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