April 08, 2010


ALLIANCE, Ohio - Best-selling poet, author and essayist Nikki Giovanni presented in Mount Union's Campus Grounds Thursday evening.

Since 1968, Giovanni has inspired readers, critics and audiences with her thought-provoking words, which focus on the individual and more specifically, the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others. She remains determined and committed to fight for civil rights and equality in education.

An author of nearly twenty books, several of which have sold more than a hundred thousand copies such as Black Feeling, Black Talk/Black Judgement, The Women and the Men, Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day, Those Who Ride the Night Winds and Sacred Cows and Other Edibles, Giovanni maintains her prominent place as a strong voice of the black community through her poetry and prose.

Giovanni also has produced a recording of her poems, which was one of the best-selling albums in the country, illustrated a children's book and edited the multicultural anthologies, Grand/Mothers and Grand/Fathers. Her newest book, Blues: For All the Changes, made the Los Angeles Times bestseller list, marking the first time a poet has ever been listed. It also received the NAACP Image Award for 2000.

In addition to her writing, Giovanni teaches writing, poetry and literature at Virginia Tech, where she has been named University Distinguished Professor. She also has received a host of honorary doctorates, published several critically-acclaimed works and received numerous awards, including being named "Woman of the Year" by three different magazines.

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